I make sound art
BAMBTH is a sound installation that was made for the 2019 Tate Inside Job Staff Exhibiton.
The theme for the exhibition was movement, and BAMBTH explores electronic sound and movement, and how computers can be used to replicate the types of auditory movement that take place when real life sound occurs.
The installation is based on a two second recording from a demolition that took place opposite the staff garden at Tate Modern. The installation takes the recording, and manipulates it using Max MSP in order to make it feel longer. The product is an infinite loop of constantly changing sound, but with the same sonic makeup as the original two second recording.
The speaker for this installation was self-built. It was built from plywood, black paint, and speakers sourced from a second hand junk shop. The idea in doing this was to take full control of the installation aesthetically, and not leave the physical design of the speaker to someone else. The speaker, which has a physical presence, almost plays the role of a sculpture in an installation, and I wanted to have full control of this, and create it myself. The result of this is that the installation is just as much physical or visual as auditory. The speaker is just as much a part of the work as the sound playing from it.
Existential Feedback Loop (2018).
Existential Feedback Loop is a Sound Installation that I made for the Tate Staff Exhibition in 2018.
The piece explores themes of technology and speech and the relationship between the two themes and ourselves. The piece can be installed in any space, and is intended to be almost entirely made out of sound. The only parts of the installation that are not made out of sound, are unavoidable parts, such as the speakers, cables, and the space used.
In the end I used a pair of Hi-Fi speakers that I found on the road to install my piece. I removed the entire contents of one speaker and used it to house the computer and amplifier, and I used the other speaker to generate the sound. Available on the left is an audio recording of my piece in the space.
Audible Thoughts (2017).
Audible Thoughts was an installation that I made for the final year of my degree. It was inspired by auditory hallucinations, in particular the experience of voice hearing. Having heard voices before myself, I wanted to experiment with numerous different ways of incorporating my experience into my creative practice. The installation was intended to explore the more unusual types of auditory hallucination, in particular computer-like or synthesised sounding voices that some voice hearers report having.
Another theme that the installation touched on is the potential that there may be new types of speech sound that are not usually heard and are difficult to access or experience. The installation took the form of a quadrophonic setup, and was performed using a open mic. I would invite audience members to speak through the microphone, and that speech was then processed before being distributed through the speakers. Another audience member would sit in the middle of the speakers and experience the sound of the installation.
Electricity is Weird (2017).
Electricity is Weird is a Soundscape/Musique Concrete piece made in 2017.
The piece began as a collection of original scores that I created that allowed me to configue poems for performance by numerous people at a time.
I used these in conjuntion with my own poetry, and recorded a group of people performing them.
I then combined these with sounds made in Max MSP and Logic X.
Sonic Communication (2016).