A short film on an installation by John Mahon which deals with notions of sound around us and our sense of place in relation to them.
Sound energy is transferred through the air all around us. Information is everywhere, it diffuses, refracts, reflects, is masked and channelled in many different ways from nearby and far away. Objects resonate with low level sound beyond our perceptive range. Space and our position modify what we hear.
The work draws on the greater environment around and within the location it is installed. Various sounds of the city of Belfast and beyond are heard through surfaces of the space itself and through objects placed within it.
As you explore the space, sounds come into and out of focus; vibrations push and pull the air around you as you sit in a bath, lie on a bed, look into a mirror, stand under a copper boiler tank or touch a sound sculpture to experience a personalised version of the piece.
I hope to bring this installation to new places, and to develop and realise the piece in a new way as each location brings its own aural signature to the work.
Installation sound was recorded using stereo, 4 channel and binaural recording techniques at spots around Belfast. No actual speakers were used in the realisation of this piece; 9 transducers were used on surfaces and objects to turn them into large sound resonators.
Audio on this video was recorded using binaural microphones; an excerpt of a longer exploration of the work was used and laid over the video after editing.
Video footage shot by Jenny Keane @ Platform, editing by John Mahon.
Thanks to Paul Stapleton, Caroline Pugh, and all at Platform in Belfast for all their great work :)