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"Sand"

Technique: piezo speakers, max/msp audio synthesis software, computer, mixing desk

Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art
http://thetownhousegallery.com
Cairo, Egypt

September 17–October 11, 2006


Similair in concept to the work "Lamparna Space" but different in execution, "Sand" takes the sound of large grains of sand being vibrated in the cones of eight speakers by inaudibly low frequency sine waves.

Unlike in "Lamparna Space" where more speakers are used to create a gradually shifting sonic room topography, "Sand" works with the perception of smaller spaces. In two rooms four speakers are placed, one to each corner of the room. One or two speakers play intermittently at different time intervals, stretching the installation visitor's space perception diagonally across the rooms, spanning the space between the sounding corners where the speakers have been placed.

An additional factor to "Sands," unknown to me before arriving at the space, was the radically different acoustic qualities of each room. Passing from room to room I had the impression of stepping into a shower, or walking from darkness into light.

 

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