Composition for sound and air
As soon as one puts on headphones, they suggest a virtual space. In normal use, earbuds and headphones should create and utilize a mostly isolated hemisphere in our perception. With the installative composition "Muschelrauschen", an attempt is made to break up the conception of a closed hearing space.
For this purpose, headphones have been prepared and retrofitted with a second function: along the audio cables, two additional pipes lead into the two earcups. Impulses and currents of air pass through these pipes and go through small openings in the earcups to reach the ears. The impulses are extremely precise, finely set in their intensity, and synchronized to the sound of the headphones. Thus, the ear is not only used as a hearing organ, but also in its function as a tactile surface.
A seven-minute piece for air and sound runs on the modified headphones. This piece examines whether additional tactile sensation is able to undermine the closed hearing space of the headphones or whether it has the opposite effect and results in an even stronger immersion. To explore this, the piece combines sound and air in very different ways: the combinations range from naturalistic recreations of breath and wind, all the way to a completely abstract, divergent treatment of the two components.