sound, as art

‘Sound Art’ is literally sound as art, in its purest form… cinema with your eyes closed, sonic expressions of a creative mind, none of these descriptions go even half way to expressing the perceptual impact of walking into a gallery & encountering an artform which employs sound as its primary means of expression. The first time I visited London back in 2000, aside from seeing every relevant gig I could, I noticed an exhibition in the gig guide of sound art by someone called Carsten Nicolai… So after visiting the Tate Modern I wandered along to this gallery & witnessed something quite profound, incredibly beautiful & oddly resonant to some of what I had been working on in film sound, the LFE channel of 5.1…

These photos do not do justice to the experience & it is a fundamental issue with Sound Art; how to document it? Its even more ephemeral than Video Art and as experiential as it is experimental…
Sonically this installation involved a number of subwoofers emitting modulated subsonic sine waves, which were exciting the room tones of the gallery both visually & acoustically. Sitting on top of the subwoofers were trays of water which were physically vibrating to the soundwaves, and with spotlights angled to bounce light off the surface of the water the projections of the interference patterns played beautiful synchronised projections on to the walls of the gallery…
40 minutes went by in three slow deep breaths and two blinks….

& today via vvork i saw this (& wished i was where it is, or vice versa)

Sustainable a dynamic robotic sound installation; mp4 video

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