The piece, Mind-Body-Heart in three parts, is a sculptural live sound installation which explores the resonance of the object and it’s sensitivity to the viewer. The metal shapes are amplified with contact microphones with the sound forming from feedback loops developed between the individual pieces of metal and a corresponding speaker. The ambient sounds and the resonant frequency of the feedback loops are then processed by a granular synthesizer and an echo, the rate of which is set to my own or an invigilators heartbeat each morning. This is then played back into the space using the subwoofer and speaker present on the floor. The addition of the subwoofer gives greater texture and a sense of physicality to the sound which I believe is important.
Using live sound I have introduced an element of composition to the work, this manifests itself by manipulating the individual channels of audio treating them as voices in a sense. Bringing them in and out of audible range brings periods of quiet which is important, I believe, in maintaining elements of chance and reflection on the absence of sound. The absence of the ‘voices’ brings a greater sensitivity to ambient sounds making you listen harder to the piece and your effect on it through your presence.
Live sound installation, Steel sculpture, Audio Mulch
This is an in situ recording of the installation when it was set up at Yorkshire Hub Leeds. if you listen closely you can hear a visitor interact with one of the sculptures