[Acma-l] Compositions / Sound-Designs and Entranceways

Subject: [Acma-l] Compositions / Sound-Designs and Entranceways
From: Derek Thompson (Derek.Thompson@arup.com.au)
Date: Sat Jun 12 2004 - 00:22:09 EDT

Many thanks to all who responded to my post a fortnight ago asking for information on sound-based works that have explored spaces of transitional architecture (original post attached below). As promised, here is a complied list of the works that have been mentioned to date.

Feel free to discuss or add any more that might be relevant! I will try also to find time over the next couple of weeks to contact a few contributors off-list for more details on particular works that might be relevant to my own research.

Most of the works mentioned are relatively recent, or even currently installed...

In Aotearoa (New Zealand):
- "AIRSPACE2002" (various composers). Installation in the stairwell access to Artspace (and also NZ Film Archive, Beautiful Music), Karangahape Rd, Auckland.
- Work installed in a stairwell of the Port Chalmers Town Hall (Ryan Cockburn).

In Australia:
- "Hallway for Syd" (Warren Burt). Installed in the Regional Art Gallery, Horsham, NSW. Also other similar works in other regional galleries around NSW.
- "Inter-Melb"(?)(Andrew Brown). Interactive work based on navigating through a map of the streets of Melbourne, Vic and Brisbane, Qld.
- Sound design (Stephen Barrass) in the Welcome Space, Gallery of First Australians, National Museum of Australia, in Canberra, ACT.
- "PIPES" / "PMPS" (David Worrall). Various temporary and relocatable constructions and 3D sound compositions, Canberra, ACT.
- Performance installations exploring 'ambient space' in Queen St. Mall, Brisbane, Qld.('Syd', aka Greg Rhodes, Andrew Boughen)

In Canada:
- Butterfly Installation Instrument, a portable loudspeaker diffusion system being set up and intended for temporary installations in various public spaces around Montreal. (Kevin Austin / Concordia)
- "Urban Canyons" (Stefan ??). A work from sound recordings made in varioius transitional spaces, Vancouver.
- Works by Darren Copeland

In Japan:
- Pepsi Pavilion at World's Fair 1970 in Osaka. (Gordon Mumma, sound processing system; David Tudor and others created works)

In the UK:
- Impulse responses of multiple rooms in Elveden Hall, Suffolk (Matthew Rogalsky) as material for spatialising other audio material in various works.
- "Traff-Vic" (Mark Henry) work peformed in the foyer of Victoria Rooms, Bristol.
- "Who's in Charge" (Neal Farwell) work performed in the foyer of School of Music, Unversity of East Anglia (UEA), Bristol.
- "The Maze" (Stelios Giannoulakis). Composition based on the Main Arts Building, University of Wales, Bangor. Also a work for a shopping mall in France, "24 Hours in Passage International".
- Sound / light installation in Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Glasgow (Michael Hayden / John Mills-Cockell) [see also below].

In the US:
- A 14 channel permanent sound installation in the underground parking garage of a Gehry building by Michael Zbyszynski, Santa Monica, California.
- An installation with feedback from a loudspeaker / microphone arrangement at either end of a staircase (Jean Routhier)
- "Sky's the Limit" (Michael Hayden, light / John Mills-Cockell, sound; et al). Permanent sound and light sculpture installed in the International Airport, Chicago; and other similar collaborations in the US, Canada, UK.
- Works by Janet Cardiff

Also mentioned:
- Marc Treib's book (with Richard Felciano) "Space Calculated in Seconds: The Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier, Varèse" (Princeton University Press) on the collaborative work La Poème Eléctronique, for the Philips Pavilion at the 1958 World Fair in Brussells.

- "Concret PH" (Iannis Xenakis).The composition played between performances of La Poème Eléctronique while audiences were arriving / departing the 1958 Philips Pavilion.

- Virtual Reality and MultiMedia Park of Turin and other European
Universities together involved in a VR simulation of the 1958 Philips Pavilion.

- "I Am Sitting In A Room" (Alvin Lucier).

Derek Thompson
SIAL Sound Studios



-----Original Message-----
From: Derek Thompson [mailto:Derek.Thompson@arup.com.au]
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Subject: [Acma-l] Compositions / Sound Designs and entranceways

All, (with apologies for cross-postings)

As part of a Master's research, I'm looking for existing works - either
historical or recent (current?) - that explicitly explore architectural
space, especially transitional space (i.e. foyers / stairwells /
entranceways / atriums...).

I'm wanting to identify and document significant sound designs,
compositions or installations that have exploited, expressed, or
transformed space normally passed through with little regard for the
acoustic or sonic properties.

Alongside this I am recording, documenting and analysing a number of
public spaces with the aim to return to a select few with spatially
diffuse sound designs that integrate (or intentionally intervene) with
the visual and physical architecural environment.

Any thoughts - or suggestions of works - welcome!
Please feel free to mail me off-list if you wish, and I will collate
responses for a single posting.

Many thanks,

SIAL Sound Studios

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