Tue, 27 May 2008

Digital Audio and Music

The fabric of Wind Space Architecture and multi channel sound


duration: 27:13

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[In English]

A key idea for Heimbecker when working in the architecture of space: “sound as being a spatial element, not just as a sound object – so the object is an actuator to enliven a space, the architecture of space. sound itself is a measuring device for the architecture of a space and its sound systems…. In interior spaces, the reflection of sound off the walls becomes the representation of the architecture.”

After moving to Montreal, he created new wind array projects with six-foot sensors on roof tops – as well as serving to capture data for an installation’s sound system, these sensors were appreciated as a strongly kinetic sculptural dimension to each project. In “The Turbulence Sound Matrix” – a recent major project, presented in May 2008 at Elektra 9 in Montréal – four layers of wind data control the sonic representation of whatever sound input an artist may use – the wind will “play” the input, e.g. sampled piano tones. The result is an impressively powerful immersive system – for Heimbecker, he felt it was the first time he could claim to have built a “totally immersive piece.” He looks forward to using it with other composers, to unify light and sound, to create immersive experiences, and move sound in the way that sound really moves in the environment. Unlike the typical house sound system – aggressively localized and bass-heavy – his system creates a mass of sound “that is loud without being loud, that surrounds you without squishing you – you literally swim in the sound.”

Steve Heimbecker – Artist

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