After making and showing site-specific sound installations for several years at different places (see older sound works), I became interested in the possibility of showing the same sound installations playing the same sound fields in different types of spaces. Probably this idea finds its origin in my practice as a painter. A painting can be placed in different rooms and different light but will contain a certain amount of similarity. I was looking for a same kind of containment for the sound fields I designed. The illusion of movement of sound is an important parameter in all the sound works I make so I decided to design modular sound systems that could easily adapt to different spaces and at the same time could save the essential character of the movements in the sound field that is played in the installation.
At the moment I am developing three sound installations : 1 SPHERICALS, 2 ACOUSTICALS, 3 CUBICALS
.1 SPHERICALS: A variabel three dimensional grid of spherical speakermodules hanging from the ceiling in a space.
In this system the speaker module is a black sphere hanging in space on a black speaker cable. The spakers can be hang at three or seven different levels in a equilateral triangular grid . The amount of speakermodules may vary.
2 ACOUSTICALS: white disks facing the building. The space as a reflector of sound.
In this system the speaker module is flat and round and the speaker is directed to the ceiling, wall or floor of a space. The modules are placed in an equilateral triangular grid. Can be set up inside or outside a building. The amount of speakermodules may vary.
3 CUBICLES: A rigid architectonial structure in space with the speakers placed in the corners.
The audio tracks below are stereo down mixes of the sound fields I made. The original sound fields are made for up to 24 speakers and recorded for ten hours each on a multitrack recorder.
The video’s below are showing filmed models or already realized installations. Note that the special spatial quality of moving sound in a sound field is impossible to capture on stereo or even surround audio formats.