Evoking the Mythic: Hearing the Sound of Sukhāvatī

Matthew Evans, Simon Hall, James Dooley

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    Buddhism has a rich visual history of ancient paintings and sculpture used to evoke spiritual and archetypal concepts. One of the key figures in Mahayana Buddhism is the celestial Buddha Amitabha, also known as the Buddha of Infinite Light. Several Buddhist texts describe the ?Sukh?vat?? the land that that Amitabha inhabits. The texts not only describe the physical characteristics of this environment but also the soundscape. This paper discusses the process of transcoding an image of Amitabha into sound to create an interactive sonic environment. This process explores how choosing sounds based upon the literary description, can be a way of creating a link between an image and the literary counterpart.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies
    Issue number27
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 31 Mar 2021


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