SPACE IN SOUND

To discover the possibilities of space within sound I started experimenting with dissonance and reverberation.
In sound itself I experience already a lot of movement and space. The following experiments are showing how audible movement appears.

exp: dissonant 1
When I found a good sound to work with, I started playing with different tones together. I totally focussed on the space that I hear between the tones and the movement that the tones make together. Sometimes it is really open, sometimes it is really condensed with a lot of tension.


exp: dissonant 2
I choose two tones with more tension and let them move a bit together for a while. When I listen to this, I hear a lot more than only these tones and this triggers my imagination to create a visual moving space in a very abstract way.


exp: sounding metal
Since I used metal plates in my earlier experiments, I was curious what different sounds I could make with the metal plates, used as an instrument. I started playing them, instead of playing the saxophone. It felt great to have such a big arsenal of instruments. I also discovered that some of the tones were resonating in the space, that made that the space again played with me and the instruments. I also discovered that turning the metal plate while they sound, gives an interesting spatial effect, then the sound is projected in different directions. When I look at the video of this experiment, I think at the end, when you can’t see me, the metal plates and sound make an interesting visual experience. Although visually there is not much happening, except from a little movement, the sound exaggerates every small movement, so they play together.


exp: moving alu
To experiment with how a material can move sound, I put a piece of 5 on a rotating machine. It made the aluminium sound and in the same time move, again the sound changes when it moves. But with this thin material it was not as clear audible as with the metal plates.


exp: the voice of the metal plate
piezo mic on metal plate – saxophone
I already noticed, in my experiments leading to my zero document, that metal plates are a very useful material to catch reverberations of sound. They almost become an extra sound source. When I play in front of the metal, it will start singing. If I play the right combination of tones it makes its own music. In this experiment I only recorded the metal plate, not the saxophone (using a piezo microphone on the surface of the metal). What you hear is the reverberation of the saxophone on the metal plates and the dialogue between me and the tones coming from this plate when I activate it.


There are a lot different ways to play with space in sound, but for me the most interesting thing is when two components come together and a third layer comes out. For example with the reverberation of the metal plates, together it creates an extra voice.