HOW TO MANIFEST LOOKING AT SOUND

How can I show the movement and space that I experience in sound to a spectator? How can I use this movement to tell a story? To communicate, more than only listening. Is there another layer than only illustrating the sound? What do we need to see to focus on the movement of sound? Or do we just need to cover our eyes. I think it is important to integrate both senses to create a spatial experience.

exp: raamtoeval
When I was experimenting with the rotating metal plates, I noticed that the camera was not filming the metal plate that I was playing, but the window behind us. I think this is an interesting “fail” because now I see the people that cross the window by bike and car. They automatically relate to the moving sound of the metal. Also when you look again in the window you can see the projection of the metal plate in the window. I think these dynamical layers are very interesting because they play together without knowing. Would it also be interesting if I was aware of this already when I started playing?


exp: luisterdoos
When I was a kid, I really liked to make dioramas. If I think of looking at sound I imagine a diorama for listening. A ‘luisterdoos’. During this semester I tried to make a model of a luisterdoos. If I would make it in real, I would use different materials, to change the acoustics in the luisterdoos. Such as wood, metal or foam. The important question here is, how does this audiorama relate to space?


exp: ’metalen’ doek
Unfortunately I forgot to film this experiment. I used the small blackbox at Pastoe. A metal looking fabric was hanging, there was a projection of rippling water on it. The sound was the reverberation of the saxophone on the metal plates. I hoped that these elements would have a dialogue together. What I discovered in this experiment, is that it was to much hiding what I wanted to show. How can I make a more pure connection between vibrating sound /metal and vibrating water? The experiment following out of this is the next one, speakers en foil.


exp: speakers and foil
In this experiment I wanted to literally and visually make material move by sound. I tried it with water in a bowl on a speaker. But that didn’t work. I discovered that the surface needs to be thinner. So I used foil and paper with dried tea on it. I noticed that with some sounds very figurative forms appeared. Other sounds made chaos again. Also extra sounds appeared because of the vibration of the tea on the foil. That is the interesting third voice again! I used different sound sources. Recorded sounds and sounds of a feed backing microphone and my voice through a microphone.


Again, I can conclude that the interesting outcomes of the experiments were when a third new layer appeared out of the two components that I brought together. With the window and with the speakers and foil there appeared a third layer or voice that actually created the story. After doing these experiments I think it is now important to include space more in the audio/visual experience and how a spectator moves or is in this space.