Cymatic Imprints (2010)
Medium: Shotgun microphones, audio mixers, amplifiers, custom Pd software,
speakers, steel ball chain, ground salt
In the installation, Cymatic Imprints, Shotgun microphones are hung in the
installation area to capture ambient sounds within the exhibition space. These
(small version at the Meaford Museum July 8 – Aug. 14)
Large version at the Funny Farm for the festival weekend.
Sounds are interpreted by a Pure Data program that alters the pitch and
reverberation to transform live sound data into silent speaker motion. This motion
is conducted through the space by up to 36 elements suspended from the ceiling
at a height of 177 cm. In the current photographic and video documentation, 24
elements are used in an installation space measuring 3.66 m x 7.62 m. The
arrangement of elements and suspension hardware will be modified to
accommodate the installation area provided.
The elements are positioned relative to each other throughout the gallery space
to create groupings and meandering pathways that encourage viewers to explore
and move through the installation area. At this point of encounter, viewers
experience the physical affect of their sonic surroundings through the oscillation
of fine ball chains that drop from the center of the speaker cones. As the ends of
the extensions make contact with the floor they produce their own audible and
visual interpretation of the ambient sounds in the room by displacing and
redrawing remnants of activity through the gradual erosion of piles of ground salt.