Rodney Cooper - Australia
I wanted to create my own surround sound system using a stainless steel resonating chamber
positioned around the head like an oversized helmet. Instead of using speakers to create the three dimensional aural illusion of sonic emersion, I wanted my materials to speak of other atmospheric possibilities. The sculptural helmet form is suspended on legs to remove any sense of weight from the listener in order to intensify the psychoacoustic nature of listening.The tuned pipes on top of the helmet extend the idea of the object as a hermoltz resonator, allowing the outlets to feed outside environmental sound into the helmet interior. Listeners can position their ears opposite these tubular outlets while standing under the helmet and carefully experimenting with various
head positions. mechanical noise from automated strings and springs vibrates transversely through the metal walls of the helmet, creating more layers of textual nuances. Because the object is portable and can be installed virtually anywhere, the helmet acts as a medium, placing the listener inside a third contained listening space connected with the workings of their auditory system. There is the centre, (the listeners head space), the inner circle (the helmets interior) and the outer circle ( the installation location). Speaker driven surround sound systems place emphasis on amplified sounds, whilst environmental sound heard during such presentations is considered more of a listening by product, which is either ignored or accepted as part of the whole listening experience by the listener. My system delivers the sound to the listener acoustically and places equal emphasis on the origin of all sounds heard by the listener.
An exhibition curated by Lee-Ann Joy, derived from a facebook group titled "Experimental Sounds, Sculptures & Installations"
Exhibition - J Studio's, Library Art Space, Melbourne, Australia.
Compromised of Melbourne Sound Installation Artists and guest International Sound Artists who each produced a music clip especially for the exhibition.
Filmed: Tolga Imam
Edited: Lee-Ann Joy
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