Dancing

32-Channel Sound Installation, Clifton Cultrual Arts Center, 2012

Opening: ReRoot - Summer, 2012
Location: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Participants walk through a white-space sound structure and experience morphing choral intensities.  24 voices sing out from speakers embedded within the structure.  Each person is incouraged evoke spacial transformations of the music through their own movement.  Walking in the center creates the aural effect of a unified ensemble.

The 27'x27' structure is framed on three concentric hexagons.  Along those hexagonal lines, walls containing speakers extend up 10 feet.  Each speaker plays the voice of one singer for the duration of the piece.  Outside of the hexagonal structure are four pylons that project a sound field that frames the choral consorts.

Each singer rendered the melody several times during the recording process.  The music was half composed/and half generated through a process I underwent with each singer.  During the recording, I gave the singers prompts to guide their inflection.  I asked them to sing in response to another recorded voice or come prepared with their own interpretations of the given melody.  My aim was to preserve the vocal quality of an individual singing within the context of the ensemble presentation of the piece.

Nearly all of the recorded singers are from the Cincinnati area.  About half of the singers have vocal training, half do not.  The singers represent diverse backgrounds, musical traditions, and ages.  The youngest singer is 4 year old and the oldest is 73.

 

Text:

I dance in the mirror
until I see the other side,
and I feel so old already.