After making and showing site-specific sound installations for several years (see older sound works), I became interested in showing a sound installation 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 for the installations. 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 structure of the sound movements.
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.
Size of the structure may vary . Can be set up inside or outside a building
The audio tracks below are stereo down mixes of two 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.