Sonax, 2011

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Multi-channel audio work encoded for 47 channel The Morning Line Sound System
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary 

The skeletal metal spine of "The Morning Line" is occupied, transformed in its entire extent into a multilateral sine wave sonorium, and expanded - a walk-in virtual modular audio architecture that can be imagined as a model of perception, an oversized prototypical instrument, an experimental arrangement, or a sort of sono-radiator.

Sound is examined and explored in its various qualities: the frequency spectrum, the sonic resonance body as a physical and immaterial object, the perceptive faculty, the human body-ear at the focus of a panauditory stimulus-response mechanism, spatial and site-specific parameters, acoustic phenomena such as three-dimensional stationary waves, interferences, spatial clustering, refractions, diffractions, malfunctions, instabilities, discharges...

The sonic source material and components consist of sine waves - the atoms of tones, from which sounds and sonar waves of any kind can be assembled.

The compositional dynamisms and processes result from a polar interplay between cooperating (a) controlled oscillatory relays and self-generating device-immanent algorithms derived from complex mathematical structures and (b) static sound fields - exclusively as the visitor traverses (dependent on and determined by the position and movement dynamism of each individual visitor) the Sonax sound space.

*Austria | Living and working in Jaidhof and Vienna, Austria