The transient source is a project designed to capture sounds, ambiences, and soundscapes, de-contextualize them and present as objects enforcing both cognition and memory. Environmental sound can serve as a source of knowledge for those unfamiliar with particular places and situations inscribed recording. Presented in an isolated form, it can give an insight into everyday life by emphasizing the sonic aspect of existence, that is ever-changing, fleeting, and – in our daily life – unfortunately mostly taken for granted. To extract environmental sound from its mundane context is to create a new awareness – and in consequence – a new perception of it.

Sound is also a most powerful tool for bringing back memories of long gone people, lost times and places. The connection between sound and the past is so powerful that even a small snippet of familiar tone in an out-of-context situation can trigger the most powerful recollection of what once was, but is no more.

And even if the all the sources of those sounds seem to be stable and unchanging, in the long run they turn out to be subjected to decay just as the sounds that are borne from them. And so their transience becomes established as the most profound nature of them both.

aniccā vata saṅkhārā uppādavayadhammino |
uppajjitvā nirujjhanti tesaṃ vūpasamo sukhoti ||

Transient are all compounded things,
their nature is to rise and fall.
Having risen, they pass away;
their cessation is bliss.

Mahāparinibbāna-sutta (D II, 157)

The author. Male, thirty-something, based in southern Poland. Avid music enthusiast. On a day-to-day basis working in the academic field of Indian and Buddhist studies.