The Materialisation of Sound

Live Electronics and Media Installation

Sound material is controlled and altered by movement, the performer sculpting the sound in physical space. The work demonstrated a materialisation of sound brought about by digital technology. In addition, the work investigates the body as a musical instrument through the manipulation of empty space, using infrared sensors and cameras to sense movement. The sound sculptor investigating the coded trappings of space. In this way the sculptors corporeal powers are virtually expanded beyond those in reality. The perception of being able to control sound invisibly by using gestures in space extends the existential position of the self. Through the gestures of the sound sculptor the physical presence of sound can be manipulated, altering sonic characteristics, such as wavelength, frequency characteristics and vibration, or eliminate it completely.

Produced as part of an MA in Digital Arts and Performance, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. December, 2007

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