This is a 6 min excerpted demo of Sonic Space No. 5, as installaed in May 2013 at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sonic Space No. 5 is the most recent in the Sonic Spaces Project. These compositions, or rather ecosystems, use the sonic energy present in a space. The individual species that make up the ecosystem each require specific types of energy in order to live. If that energy is present they can come to life. By doing so they consume the energy in the room, and in the process of surviving they transform that energy and return this altered energy back into the ecosystem for other species to consume. In this was a cycle of dependency and energy transfer is created between the various species.
On top of the composed rules for how the species each use energy, a structure of habits has been imposed on the species that takes influence from a daily cycle. Some species are most active at certain times in the cycle of the composition, and essentially sleep at others. For this setting the cycle has been set to be approximately 12 minutes long.
Participants were free to explore this Sonic Space. They might choose to make very small chirping sounds to observe the delicate clicks and pops. Whistle along to drive the movement. Or, if the moment inspired them, were free to yell into or scratch the paint can. The various toy instruments around the room were also there for exploration. And of course, they were more than welcome to simply sit and enjoy the piece, or to walk the room and listen to how the spatial qualities of the piece change as they walk.
Originally premiered in Ann Arbor, Michigan this composition takes influence from my walks in the woods, down by the river near my apartment. The bark speaker sculptures were recovered from the floor of this forest and altered to accentuate the sonic characteristics of the piece.
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