Sound Spatialization and the Intimacy of Breath
2-dimensional, 8-speaker dome installation.
Multichannel recording routed in SpatGris/ServerGris.
Foam, Canvas, Silicone, Wood, Handmade Speakers, Electronics.
During a residency at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, I studied sound localization software and techniques to deploy compositions in an eight-channel speaker dome. Rather than compose an electro-acoustic piece to be played through the pre-existing sound system, I resolved to construct my own speaker dome with an installation. Listeners were encouraged to approach the installation, hidden behind silicone-casted ears and sewn into canvasses filled with foam. By creating a tranquil environment with upholstered panels concealing each speaker in an exhibit reminiscent of a person’s headspace, listeners were invited to touch its components and focus on the composition: a medley of breaths. Each speaker contained a different person’s breathing patterns which, when combined with the others, created an orchestra of various inhalations and exhalations. As an exploration into the intimacy of breathing—listening to others breathe and having your breathing heard—those involved were also compliant in the production of the piece, adding their own breathing to the arrangement.