Sound environment featuring 3,000 audio channels on custom-made speakers with LED lights. In this tunnel, recordings change typology every metre: starting with wind, then water, fire, ice, over 200 types of insects, over 300 types of birds, bells, bombs and so on.
Cloud Display (2019)
Text display with 1,600 ultrasonic atomizers, controlled by voice recognition system. This display writes any words spoken into an intercom using pure water vapour. The atomizers are typically used for cold water humidifiers. In Manchester the system is set to recognize different accents in the English language from single words to full sentences.
Voice Tank (2019)
Ripple tank controlled by polyphonic pitch detection actuation. The voices of two participants who speak into the intercoms are analyzed and converted into notes hammered by motorized components. The resulting waves interact creating unique patterns.
Weather Vanes (2019)
Pneumatic turbulence generator controlled by Mel-frequency cepstrum voice analysis. This piece features 99 brass arrows inspired by anemometers and weather vanes, the devices used to measure wind speed and direction. Here the live voices control miniature computerized fans that create turbulence. When seen from above the table looks like a map of wind barbs or vectors.
Vocal Folds (2019)
Laryngoscopic video, LED display, computer, speakers, oil drums. Five Northern actors agreed to read Babbage’s Ninth Bridgewater Treatise during an endoscopic filming. A camera was introduced into their nose, reaching their vocal folds and cords.
Flag Beacon (2019)
Robotic light beacon, controlled by voice root mean square power. A point of light rotates around the room in exactly one minute. The intensity of the dot is inversely proportional to the volume of the participant’s voice. After releasing the intercom button an echo is heard from past recordings.
Last Breath (2012)
Mechanical respirator circulating the breath of composer Pauline Oliveros. A brown paper bag inflates and deflates 10,000 times a day, the normal respiratory frequency for an adult at rest. The bag contains the breath of Avant Garde American composer Pauline Oliveros, developer of the concept of “Deep Listening”. Oliveros died on Nov 24, 2016 but her breath continues circulating in this biometric portrait.
Volute 1 (2016)
Speech bubble, printed in steel, capturing the air turbulence ejected as a sentence is spoken. Made with laser tomography scans (shown in video), photogrammetry and 3D printing. The phrase chosen was “Au clair de la lune” — the first ever human voice recorded by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville in 1860, seventeen years before Edison’s.
Babbage Nanopamphlets (2015)
Two million specks of gold were engraved using nanotechnology techniques at Cornell University. Around 50,000 copies were sprayed in the original exhibition room so they remained floating around in the air, potentially inhaled by the public.
These engravings are 150 atoms thick and are biologically inert so pose no health risk. The rest of the pamphlets are shown suspended in water in a vial with a magnetic stirrer.
The text engraved onto the gold leaflets is an excerpt from “On the permanent Impression of our Words and Actions on the Globe we inhabit”, chapter IX of Charles Babbage’s Ninth Bridgewater Treatise. A first edition of the book is shown here along with electron microscope imagery of the leaflets.