Four sound pieces for a sonic chair

Four sound pieces for a Sonic Chair
30 September 2017 –
30 December 2017
Permission free
KÖLN   |  MAKK, An der Rechtschule, Köln (D)
As part of the sound art series soundwaves*, curated by Georg Dietzler, four sound artists composed each one piece for a loudspeaker design-furniture, a 350 degrees revolvable sonic
chair sc01, first model range from 2008. Similar to a music instrument, the form of the sonic chair is determined by the acoustics: sitting at the centre of the sound supports the spatial perception of the recording. Whereby, the deep frequencies are transmitted to the listener’s back by a structure-borne sound membrane. Loudspeakers in the sonic chairs canopy all together generate a special listening experience more for the person sitting in the chair than for the ones being close by.
Andreas Oskar Hirsch
ROW OUT, 2011/2017
The recording was taken aboard the ARAD, a lifeboat of the Dutch rowing team Roeiteam Terschelling Recreatie. The focus is on the coxswain’s commands which resemble a funk singer’s ones and which make the team become one body working their way through the waters.
Achim Mohné
Music for, by & through a Sonic Chair sc01, 2017
Making inaudible audible – you’re listening to electromagnetic emissions of this sonic chair sc01, only. Its inaudible effects of electromagnetic fields by its various electronic components are decoded by a guitar pick-up into sound, live recorded, played as audio material into the chairs sound system again.
Janneke van der Putten & Chrs Galarreta 
I.A. Maastunnel, 2017
Raw field-recordings, no electronic effects, of sound research inside the 500 meter long Maastunnel in Rotterdam/NL, running under the Maas river. The space is explored through different experiences and ways of listening: by doing sound-walks and performative interventions, and by recording sounds that are sometimes (in)audible to human ears. The recorded mechanical sounds were produced by people and machines in the tunnel, making audible the hidden ‘voices’ resonating in the tiled tunnel architecture.
Chrs Galarreta:
Miki Yui
ellecsielle, 2017
Delicate signals, from a tiny hiss to a distant hum are crafted into pieces of music
charged with narrative tension. Miki Yui is known for her own unique style of composition of electronics, field recordings and recorded sounds, balancing between minimalistic and organic rhythms, subtle nuances for her soundscapes.
The sound art series soundwaves, curated by Georg Dietzler, presents loudspeakers as instrument, staged in- and outdoors in special listening settings. It does include various private consumer home loudspeaker systems, the sonic chair sc01 listening furtniture, a DIY speaker-sculpture, new speaker inventions and speaker sculptures as part of current sound research and material science. In staged speaker arrangements audience experience impacts of architectural building materials, room acoustics, acoustic reflections, listening at public sites, etcetera.
Thanks to all funding bodies MUSIKFONDS, Kunststiftung NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln and cooperating partner Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln.
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