A one day exploration of the Mungo Scott Silos, Summer Hill, Sydney. November 2011.
This project took place inside the site’s five-storey mill building, which was constructed in 1922 and until recently was still used for flour processing. The focus was on the wheat processing chute and platforms cutting through three levels of the building.
We tested a variety of resonance setups, employing different types of transducers and frequencies to the structures. After identifying resonant frequencies in the platforms and chute, we experimented with placement of transducers and shaping of sounds, to find points that skirted between the musical and mechanically resonant.
The final array involved a lower frequency heavyweight transducer applied to the central wheat chute, medium weight transducer applied to the lower platform to excite sharper vibrations, and smaller vibration speakers on the loose metal platforms, activating high frequency sound.
As night progressed, a multi channel composition took shape - using synthesis, delay, filtering and other processes to articulate the material properties of the site, and amplify the sense of vertical and horizontal space when standing on the platforms.