Tuesday, October 3, 2017

New sound art installation CLOUD SEQUENCER 53°18'02.3"N - 5°05'12.0”E

For the first long term exhibit before and during ITGWO Festival 2017 at Vlieland, Netherlands.

This project is a first start for a new sound research project into the diversity of clouds, sun and wind in order to create a natural sequencer for a sound installation in public space. This site specific instrument consists out of seven solar powered bass organ pipe units interacting on the brightness of the sun to controle the loudness of the sound. In this way passing clouds form a natural sequencer for this installation. Each organ pipe unit is catching the wind with one of the smal sails, controlled by a system of pulley wheels and counter weights for pitching the sound of each organ pipe by a moving valve.

The weather conditions of the island determine how the sounds and its composition evolves as a constant changing requiem for the West Vlieland village which disappeared into the North Sea in 1736. As for the village this installation is completely handed over to the unpredictability of the weather. This plays a major part in the concept of this work. One has to accept the weather conditions in al its appearances. This means that it needs the sun, clouds and the wind to produce the variety of sounds. In other words, no sun no sound and no wind no pitching. What is left in this situation is the sound of nature itself.

for sound and moving images see this video!

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