A few projects that embody sonic experiences.
🎧 Recording within sound chamber is available here.
SONIC CHAMBER (2009)
(ARTIFICIAL RAIN AS SONIC EXPERIENCE - NUS USP BUILDING STOREROOM)
Constructed with salvaged materials, this 2.4-metres high styrofoam structure allows for visitors to enter and pierce an assortment of bells, metal strips, chromium sticks and glass strips into the walls to partake in an unique sonic experience. A water pump guides water up to form a steady stream of water that flows along a path of styrofoam 'drains' with dips and evenly-punctured bases, where it is then collected into the pail again so the process may repeat itself. The cascading water droplets strike the surfaces of these sonorous materials, allowing visitors to customise their own sonic experience via piercing the walls at different points to design varying tones. Over time, the sonic experience intensifies with an increasing number of visitors who come to pierce these walls. This was constructed as a concluding assignment to the University Scholars Programme (USP) Sonic Arts module, which I enjoyed tremendously, to merge one's major with lessons picked up in the module, and was very well received and eventually opened to the public.
Styrofoam scraps from NUS SDE hall, Salvaged metal strips/chromium sticks/glass strips from schools' laboratories. 1 week construction with the help of friends, Aik Thong, Dominic and Lu Fang, under the guidance of Dr. Lonce Wyse.
BUILDING AS MUSICAL INSTRUMENT (2009)
TAN SWIE HIAN MUSEUM, SINGAPORE
Inspired by graphic scores such as Stéphane Roy's transcribed score of Points de Fuite (1982) by Francis Dhomont, this project sought to turn a building (Tan Swie Hian museum, 460 Sims Ave) into a musical instrument and to provide an accompany graphic score for the 'music' that takes place in which a visitor may generate. It seeks to communicate the visual translations of sonic experiences. The museum is transformed into a musical instrument via the sounds visitors produce. Vibrations set forth by visitors (footsteps) traverse into the ceiling cavities, where thin glass fibres then resonate to produce new tones, all subjected to the size of the ceiling cavities. The museum has its own 'sonic structure' already defined by its physical structure. The illustrated acousmatic score depicts a visitor's possible experience.
🎧 Click here to listen to the generated resonant frequencies within the museum. Files generated by Sebastién.