Cheating – MEDA101 Soundscape by Kae McKenzie

Fairy Meadow is a diverse suburb in Wollongong. In my section, I was lucky enough to have Towradgi Beach Hotel and Waves Nightclub contribute a lot of music to the soundscape. Grand Pacific Drive cuts right through the middle, playing host to a steady flow of traffic passing through, while Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort sprawls across the east between the road and the beach.

Between the gleeful shouts of children and distant thud of bass, I noticed this place was more an empty landscape for others to bring their own sound to. Yes, there was birdcall but in Australia that’s inescapable. Gail Priest’s focus on delicate sounds and simplistic approach to composition has been a big influence on this piece. I tried to focus on the sense of tranquility in the area found amongst the din of so much artificial and natural noise.

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