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Descriptions fail us: Music, Noise or What?

(staff. St. Croix, April 19, 2024)

UVI’s music professor, Austin Oting Har is an oxymoron. By day, in the music classroom on the STT campus, a quiet, reserved, small-framed young man quietly provides instructions to a group of attentive students.

19 April 2024 Broadcast Preview. Dr. Austin Oting Har. Photo Credit: Neuma Records

But after 5:00pm, on Friday after work,  preparations for an uneventful evening are interrupted by unusual sounds from CITR’s 24 Hours of Radio Art. describes the eery sounds as “Dark Ambient. Drone. Field Recordings. Noise. Sound Art. Or something.” 

After deliberate reflection, it becomes really clear. Har’s music is the epic background for scary movies and scenes where the audience sits on the edge of their seats, clutching their necks or pearls. Well done, Professor.

It took several more intent listening sessions from several staff members at UVIVOICE. Then, careful comparison of the tunes to background sounds in scary movies.

An important question awaits Har when he returns to St Thomas from London.

UVIVOICE wants to know if he includes infrared sound or infrasound when creating his music?

UVIVOICE wants to know if he includes infrared sound or infrasound when creating his music?

It’s this sound that cannot be heard by humans; frequencies below 20 Hz  that is also a modern-day tactic used to scare audiences in horror movies to “caus[e] the viewer to feel dread just before extremely disturbing imagery begins” horror scenes of  UVIABJ invites the audience to listen and describe their own experience. The strange, yet rhythmic sounds are the creation of Austin Oting Har. 

Starting at 2 PM Pacific on CITR 101.9FM, streaming at PLAYER.CITR.CA (https://www.citr.ca/2024/04/18/19-april-2024-broadcast-preview-108377/


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  1. Thank you for this article. I learned something new and very intriguing.

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