Art Heals Earth

Jordon Goebel on Perceiving Time Through Natural Sound ⏳ Composer and Musician | 006

August 24, 2020 Megan Reich Season 1 Episode 6
Art Heals Earth
Jordon Goebel on Perceiving Time Through Natural Sound ⏳ Composer and Musician | 006
Show Notes

Jordon Goebel is a composer, percussionist, and guitarist. He has a degree in composition from St. Cloud State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Minnesota. Jordan has performed as a percussionist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the Twin Cities-based rock band The Arcanes. Jordon has an interest in new media and electroacoustic music, and his recent work focuses on conceptions of time through music. In this episode, we reflect on themes around one of his latest projects, a soundscape piece called Sun After Rain. Through gradually merging field recordings with electronics and percussion, the piece guides listeners through a reflection on interactions between nature, technology, and the human.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • 3:54– What brought Jordon to the world of music, and what led him to composition 
  • 8:26 – The conception of Jordon’s new piece Sun After Rain 
  • 12:25 – An overview of what happens in Sun After Rain
  • 15:29 – What nature means to Jordon as a source of creative inspiration
  • 17:41 – The role that listening plays in Jordon’s compositional process
  • 21:54 – Improvising and playing with environmental sound 
  • 24:04 – How Jordon’s perception of environmental sound changed as a result of composing Sun After Rain 
  • 26:54 – The relationship to the listener
  • 31:30 – How Jordon experiences and experiments with time in music 
  • 40:50 – How art helps deepen Jordon’s relationship with the earth 
  • 33:04 – A question Jordon is asking right now in his work
  • 46:40 – What gives Jordon hope right now 

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Music: Kai Engel, "Scenery" (CC-BY)