In-between aural zone
Site-specific soundscape installation. The Media and the Senses Conference, Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom.
Considering our environment (space, things, and living beings) as vibrant matter (Bennett 2011), I inquired on the experience of sound waves into an experience of sonic space as vibration. From within sound materiality into space’s acoustics, I explored the idea of a resonant soundscape. The methodology embraced a process of field recordings of the site, an acoustic analysis of the space for performance, a sonic composition, a site-specific spatialisation and a public performance as an event or installation.
After exploring the site with field recordings, I undertook an accurate study and measurement of the acoustic space for the installation, analyzing its geometry and material properties, in order to find the space’s resonance frequencies. With this study, I explored modes to enquire the creative potential of frequencies and acoustics to build up a space for the experience of vibration. In the soundscape composition process, I integrated the field recordings to a multi-layered set of recorded sounds of digital and analogue synthesizers in order to reach specific frequencies, rhythms and acoustic effects, and to attune resonating cyclic fields between body and space. Drones and tones emerged from the amplification, transduction and recomposition of the site’s vibrations. This process allowed me to explore further relationships between frequencies, biorhythms, vibrations’ patterns and acoustics. The soundscape was then performed as a sound installation, spatialized in a site-specific relation to its acoustic space. The audience was invited to leave a feedback on the experience.
As this soundscape experiment deals with sound waves of particular size, articulated in a particular dimension, it is not reproducible through audio documentation because the acoustic effects are gone. These effects could only be heard and felt in each specific site of the installation. Nevertheless, you may hear the soundscape here:
Recorded with DPA 4060 stereo omnidirectional microphones, electromagnetic stereo microphones and contact stereo microphones.
Audience's experience and feedback
It reminds me of a black hole for some reason.
Sounds like aircraft rumbles.
In the middle of the sea.
Moving through a space without time and references. The NOW. I love the birdsong! Not so keen of the rest I’m afraid!
I love infrasound.
I feel like I’m in the engine room of a boat.
I feel like I’m walking into a different dimension. Wombastic!
(C. Martinho, Vibrational Fields survey, May 5-6, 2011)