‘Sonophore’ is a direct development of our previous work ‘Analogue Tape Glove’, an installation examining the notion of reappropriating analogue tape for use as an instrument. This installation saw the development of a glove interface which is now further evolved and used in Sonophore.
The glove interface is connected to a wireless transmitter, which are both worn by the user. This enables the participant to actively explore the space. The sound can then be manipulated via the participant’s hand movements over the tape, with the speed and direction influencing the sonic result.
The sound content is site referential to the space the work inhabits, in this case The Old Credit Union bank in West Cork, Ireland. Recordings of speech related to financial infrastructures and numerical systems can be recalled and ‘played back’ by the participant, allowing for a playful and sonically interesting experience.
The project title Sonophore can be translated from Latin as ‘sound-carrier’, with the work intending to explore magnetic tape’s capacity to hold and transmit sonic information.