Numbers Stations Voices

‘Numbers Stations Voices’ is the project proposal for ECAS / Ubiquitous Art & Sound. The project consists of a sound installation that will also serve as the instrument for the production of a 3D sound composition for the radio broadcast. Numbers Stations are short waves radio stations that transmit encoded messages to spies and intelligence …

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Phenomenon of the Syllable

Phenomenon of the Syllable Multi-channels sound installation – 2013.   Exploring the sound stream of speech, the work focuses on the process of formation and appearance of syllables. Featuring the vocal sounds of 12 different languages, the composition exploits the natural stress and pitch of each syllable to create an immersive environment. The result takes …

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Rietveld’ Swing Song

The Rietveld Swing Song project is an interactive art installation that uses voice, architecture and movement to generate sound compositions in relation to space. The project is based on the idea to use the square grid as the core element to establish the formal relationship between architecture and sound. Focusing on the modernist architecture of …

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Freq_out

Together with 9 other participants, we joined the masterclass of CM Hausswolff and Mike Harding to collaborate on our version of freq_out.

freq_out is a conceptual project by CM Hauswolff. It consists of a sound installation comprising twelve individual sound works, each utilising a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified to act as a single, generative sound-space.

For the freq_out masterclass, the participants have been allotted ranges of frequency within the audible sound spectrum. Participant number one has been allotted 0–25 Hz, number two 25–65 Hz, and so on. Over a period of four days, their task is to compose one sound work each. The work cannot contain any sounds beyond the allotted frequency range, but can be of any length and is played back as a loop. The work consists of 12 smaller works joined together into a whole. Thus, when the works are played back they are all played at once, through twelve different sounds systems.

CM Hausswolff & Mike Harding

My frequency range was 60 to 95Hz: very low frequencies / very long wavelengths.

As my idea was to work with recorded sounds, I explored Amsterdam in search of these low frequencies. With an hydrophone and the zoom H4, I first recorded sounds from the harbour: ferries, under water resonances, electric signals from generators, and others. Because of the particular properties of long waves, I had to precise my researches and the field recordings, in order to gain quality in the material itself. As long wavelengths are more physical than audible, I had to find resonances in architectural structures, especially the ones that can propagate ground waves. After finding them in the iron structure of bridges, I worked and edited the raw material in order to fit the requirements of the exercise. The equalizer filters were of course the first tools to manipulated the frequencies range. And as I wanted my approach to be minimal, I only add few other filters to enhance the inner qualities of the waves. The final piece kept the time line of the original material, and the sequence was repeated three times with volume and phasing differential.  The sound piece was played thought two speakers playing with the movement of the waves between the two.

The final collaborative piece resulted in a great way and was performed at the opening of the Sonic Acts Festival, on Februray 21st 2012 in Steim, Amstedam.

freq_out masterclass

 

 

 

Untitled

7 minutes black and white video with quadraphonic sound installation, 2013. In the attempt to explore and investigate the creative process of the Mind, the video exploits and features biological rhythm in the visuals and in the speech narrative in order to plunge the sensorium into a self-referential imaginative process. The video sequences are ordered …

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(IN)formal Tautology

(IN)formal Tautology, 2012. In mathematics, the term tautology indicates structures that emerge naturally from the definition of certain objects. In other words, a tautological object has a structure -or a form- that reveals its fundamental nature. Approaching designed objects as a way to explore the fundamental structure of our thinking process and culture, (IN)formal Tautology …

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Feeling & Form

  Feeling & Form (2012) explores the structural, emotional and visual aspect of language. Language is the vehicle for contents and symbols through the use of words and their articulation. From this formal point of view, language is the structure that allows the materialisation of ideas. Words are vehicle for ideas. They usually communicate fixed …

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Xixau, Amazon

In December 2010, I travelled to Xixau, in the Amazon, to conduct a series of researches that includes field recordings as well as interviews, videos and photographs. The objective of my researches was to explore the particular quality of ‘creative and forward thinking’ developed in the community of Xixau with regard to their environment.

The community is an important centre for ecological study of the Jungle. The Amazon Charitable Trust was set up in January 2009 with the mission to protect the Amazon rainforest and to support the local traditional and indigenous communities to become self-sufficient. Currently working in partnership with the Amazônia Association, (a Brazilian NGO) in developing sustainable livelihoods within the Xixuau Xiparina reserve, the aim of the Trust is to work with the communities while protecting the natural resources around them.

During my researches, I had the chance to reflect on social, cultural and environmental topics within the community. Some reflections have lead to the production of audio visual works.

In my approach, I consider listening and recording as a type of language. How to select and reformulate a moment, outside of its original context, becomes the artistic articulation of the work. Images and/or sounds, when separated from their original context, loss a fundamental sustenance; on the other hand, they acquire a new independence that enable us to perceive new meanings.

Composing becomes an aesthetic and poetic transformation of reality for the transmission of meanings.

Performative Breathing

Reflecting on a bigger concern about ‘Substance and Form’, the researches on ‘breathing’ started in 2008, and were the first developments in my attempt to transcribe invisible objects.      Transparent Prints, is a series of performative drawings engraved on transparent paper (2010). “Inspiration is the space, Expiration gives the form.” Following the natural but precise …

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