Posted on Thu 26 May 2016
falling into place
Today, after several weeks working seperately on the different elements of the work, things began to come together. Its really exciting to see and hear how the work will be presented and to start testing how it feels to use t...
Today, after several weeks working seperately on the different elements of the work, things began to come together. Its really exciting to see and hear how the work will be presented and to start testing how it feels to use the phone application, and to think of locations to install the work.
Following the success of getting the first tapping machine working earlier in the week we've been testing lots of different materials and what they sound like when tapped. This eventually led to the decision to use the infrastructure of a building or room to tap out rhythms on pipes, beams, drain covers, tiles, they all have great sonic properties. All the parts have now arrived to make three more tapping machines, so we're looking forward to hearing what objects sound like togehter when tapping out different rhythms
I'll leave you guessing about where this is, but it made a great noise!
Secondly, today Dan solved a tricky problem with the 'space metronome' android app, and I was able to go out to do test walks with it, listening to the metronome tick faster as I ran, and come to a halt when I loitered on the bridge. Underneath the ticking sound another sound track changed as I got further away from the Watershed, indicating how far I'd travelled.
For the next week I'll be away from Bristol, but working on the sound files that will eventually be used in this app. There's a long way to go in recording and editing the right sounds for this, things that can be heard above the noise of the surrounding city, that immerse you in the experience of the work, that respond to speed and proximity in a way that makes sense. This is a big challenge for someone with as little experience of working with sound as I do, so I'm going to be working with sound artist Matt Wand in the coming week.
At this point I have to say what a pleasure it is to be working with the team at the Pervasive Media Studio, the environment is so supportive and engaged with making and thinking about mobile and locative work. Having the support of Victoria Tillotson and Dan Williams means that ideas can be experimented with, developed and realised more quickly than I've ever been able to before. Their calm patience as things change and develop in the project, and as I change my mind, has been amazing. This residency has gone beyond anything I had imagined when I applied for the opportunity. This kind of support is invaluable for artists developing work that requires technical and conceptual development that go hand in hand.