The media are not toys… they can be entrusted only to new artists, because they are art forms.
(McLuhan, 1954)

When Clouds Appear like Rocks and Towers—2019

Interactive site-specific sound composition made for the outside area of RAKE Visningsrom at Brattøra, Trondheim, Norway. The work was programmed and technically co-produced by Øystein Kjørstad Fjeldbo. The exhibition was produced within the final exhibition at RAKE Visningsrom Omfavnelser / Embrace it

Background and listening experience
When Clouds Appear like Rocks and Towers seeks for delicacy and subtle nuances in everyday listening, and commits to follow sounds that require to lean towards them, to unfold in textures, or to remain faint.

The once lived sonic experience of the author is initiated for the audience to encounter and re-experience together with the real-time soundscape.

The material was recorded throughout spring 2019 by sonic investigation and listening to Brattørkaia.

The installation was experienced in headphones designed to track position in space, and to receive the weather forecast data while processing the sound live.

The listener was given a headset and a box (to be hung around the neck), and was instructed to walk slowly in the marked area ~15x10 meters of the wooden platform outside the gallery. The platform’s architecture formed the composition, so that each of the steps carried one theme.

In addition, an algorithm connected the weather data (temperature, wind, downfall, pressure, humidity) with the sound composition, and was able to subtly alter each theme by a set of parameters (reverb, delay, panning, filtering, etc).

Therefore, each listening was a unique, one-time experience.

Various duration, sound in headphones (Bayerdynamic DT770Pro), Arduino, battery pack.

Below is a text by Daniela Cascella, accompanying my work in the exhibition catalog. I asked her to write about this piece long before it even existed, and without her ever experiencing it. It is ment to set an atmosphere that accommodates the ephemeral quality of this piece. I sent her these sentences, to begin with:

It is a place where the wind swirls through flagpoles and masts
There are bouncing surfaces and resonating emptiness in between them
I need to bend and lean towards these sounds