Sounding Door is an interactive sound art installation designed by Lithuanian artist Julijonas Urbonas to turn any door into a unique musical instrument and a stage at once. Equipped with custom-designed electronics and software, the installation plays and composes sounds according to the door’s movements, that is, its position, speed and acceleration.
The installation was created in 2009 in Vilnius, Lithuania, as a part of the larger project, Talking Doors, which was supported by the national program “Vilnius European Cultural Capital 2009.” The project won a number of awards, one of which was Distinction in the Interactive Art category of Prix Ars Electronica 2010. Most recently, the Sounding Door was acquired by the ZKM for its permanent collection.
The installation’s author, Julijonas Urbonas, remarks that sound designers create the sounds of mobile phones, crispy corn flakes and even hairdryers, while apparently leaving such essential element of daily experience as the door without due attention. He also notices that sound design and architectural acoustics have become disciplines in their own right, and the sound of architecture itself is still rarely discussed. Inspired by these observations, he invited composers, musicians, sound designers and sound artists to contribute sound pieces that would consider the following question: “Why are we confined to choosing a door for our home space based only on the visual characteristics of the former and not, for instance, the specific sound of its hinges?”
CONCEPT AND DESIGN: Julijonas Urbonas
CURATOR OF THE PROJECT "OPEN DOORS": Akvilė Eglinskaitė
ELECTRONICS: Julijonas Urbonas
PROGRAMMING: Julijonas Urbonas, Vincent Wikström
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Paulius Norvilas
VIDEO: Kai Hanneken
Michael Aiken (AU), Todd Anderson-Kunert (AU), Barbara de Azevedo (BR), Daria Baiocchi (IT), Sarah Boothroyd (CA), Osvaldo Cibils (IT), Guillaume Chappez (FR), Glenn Church (US), William Costa, Alan Courtis
(AR), Jana Debrodt (DE), Dora Doncheva-Bulart [BG], Angela Femia (AU), Patrick Galway (UK), Gareth Griffiths
(UK), Oliver Heicke (DE), Travis John, Claire Kearns (UK), La Cosa Preziosa (IT), Anna Liebzeit (AU), Blanca
Bob Lewis (UK), Irad Lee (NL), Jobst Liebrecht (DE), Sasha Margolis, Christian Ogrinz (DE), Junya Oikawa
(JP), Luciano Olzer [IT], Michele Del Prete (IT), Augustas Ribokas [LT], Martins Rokis (LV), Esther Alzate Romero (DE), Frauke Schmidt (DE), Mark Soden Jr (US), Peter Takacs, Dezroy Adam Taylan (TR/IT), Helen Thorington (US), Andrea Vigani (IT), Paolo Vivian[IT], Matt Warren (AU), Javril Well (AU), Vincent Wikström (DE), Lynne Williams, Sean Williams (UK), Tina Willgren (SE), Franziska Windisch (DE), Yellowhead (RU)