1. Make an audio tape recording of summer evening sounds while walking down a forest trail.
2. Then, listen to this tape (with headphones) in the wintertime while walking down a snow-covered forest trail.
[The words or phrases in bold above can be subsituted with other words and phrases (e.g., make a recording of a heated argument between you and your spouse, and then listen to it while you're relaxing and watching people in the serenity of a neighborhood park; or make a recording of a long extended subdued dinner-table conversation with relatives or guests, and then listen to it while you're riding on a crowded ferris wheel at the local amusement park; etc., etc., etc., etc., the combinations and juxipositions are endless.)]
It's important that it's a recording of your surroundings. And both the recorded sound and the place you choose to listen to the recording must be personal for you.
The art of this act is really in the juxiposition of those two things: what you record, and where you listen to the recording or what you are doing while listening to this recording.
In this way, there is a sense of a foreground (the recorded sounds when listening with headphones) and of a background (the scene you are in or are looking at while you're listening to your recorded sounds).
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