Experiments with Noise No 5 is part of an ongoing project by Poulomi Desai exploring sound and colour frequencies. This piece is an allergorical interpretation of The Lombard Reflex (explained below). The 'voices' here are the competing pitches of literal noise, increasing in volume as the ambient noise changes. The corresponding colour frequencies intensify the experience through the persistence of vision, increasing to a frenetic conclusion of white noise and static. To experience the transitions fully you need to stay with the video till the end, on full screen and loud - thanks for viewing! The piece also alludes to early optical film experiments with sound and visuals, sometimes called 'colour music'.
Screened at Supernormal Festival and Colour Out of Space Festival 2013.
©Poulomi Desai | usurp.org.uk. You can view the other Experiments with Noise in the series in this playlist. For exhibition purposes, the series are multi-screened on loop simultaneously with adaptations to site specific conditions.
The Lombard Reflex, (aka The Lombard Effect) is the involuntary tendency of speakers to increase their vocal effort when speaking in ambient noisy conditions to enhance the audibility of their voice. This change includes not only loudness but also other acoustic features such as pitch and rate and duration of sound syllables.This compensation effect results in an increase in the auditory signal-to-noise ratio of the speaker's spoken words. The effect was discovered in 1909 by Étienne Lombard, a French otolaryngologist.