Site-specific installation commissioned by Sound and Music for the Cut and Splice Festival 2010. Sound installation with 40 boom boxes and 2 flying radios.
In the last 500 years, the standard 'A' to which musicians tune their instruments has varied widely from 403Hz to 567Hz before settling at the currently agreed 440Hz. A precise 440Hz sine tone has been recorded onto 40 cassette tapes: when these are played back on machines of varying quality and age, the result is a chorus of tones clustered around 440Hz which interfere with each other to cause a pulsing phenomenon known as beat frequencies, the perception of which changes according to the position of the listener and the inconsistencies of tape speed.
The flying radios are inspired by the pigeons which no doubt inhabited Wilton’s Music Hall during its years of dereliction: one of the boom boxes is transmitting to the flying radios a set of Shepard Tones, the aural equivalent of an optical illusion which gives the impression of a tone which rises in pitch continuously, forever.
|Other (collaborator)||Hawrysio, Denise|
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||installation, radio, sound art, transmission art|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Communication|
Research Centres/Networks > Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)
|Copyright Holders:||John Wynne|
|Funders:||Sound and Music, Arts Council England, Veolia Environmental Services|
|Related Websites:||http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/cut-splice-transmission, http://www.sensitivebrigade.com/Beating_Tones_and_Flapping_Wings.htm|
|Related Exhibitions:||Installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner|
|Projects or Series:||Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)|
|Locations / Venues:|
|Location||From Date||To Date|
|Cut & Splice: Transmission, Wilton's Music Hall, London||November 2010||November 2010|
|Material/Media:||40 boom boxes, 2 flying radios, 40 cassette tapes, electrical cables, 2 radio transmitters|
|Measurements or Duration of item:||Size and duration variable|
|Deposited By:||Dr John Wynne|
|Deposited On:||02 Nov 2011 14:40|
|Last Modified:||08 Mar 2014 07:13|