‘Shift’ is an interactive sound-art installation
It consists of three stretches of stainless steel shapes, adjoining the new path in front of the House of Province.
The ten meter-long structures have open segments, except for, in a full amount of six; these contain parabolic, hollow shapes of cast aluminium.
A microphone and a loudspeaker are located to each of these parabolas, enabling acoustic feedback or Larsen effect. A complexity of tones and overtones is the result of this phenomenon.
Sequentially a computer activates one- or more combinations of parabolas. One parabola is subsequently 'listening' to one other. Also a passing audience have a fundamental effect on the development of sound.
In this way these six cast aluminium shapes act as a network of communication beams, directed in a variety of diagonals across the walking path.
Via its soundscape, ‘Shift’ evokes a new space. The sounds correlate directly with its physical environment and the movement of people. Paradoxically the sounds seem to withdraw from this at the same time, to follow its Independent course.
Shift © 2012 Paul Devens
Commissioned by the Province of Limburg.
With special thanks to Bert Reijnen, Kunstatelier Sijen and Thomas Rutgers.