This audio-visual installation explores the intersection of our understanding of sound, movement, and action. It makes use of stationary musical instruments decoupled from their sound and excitation. It draws from the sonic potentials of stillness in the movement and the gray area in the human sensorimotor perception.
What you see in the image is a traditional, oval-shaped, two-tone Chinese bell which is different than standard bells. In addition to their intricate motifs, they are able to sound two distinct tones depending on where they are struck.
My work in general highly involves computer-generated sound and observing movement in music-making. Similarly, this explores both decoupling the sound from its instrument and observing the instrument’s inner movement. Both sound and acoustic wave motion are generated digitally. The composition is algorithmically generated and the sound is created using a physical model of a Church bell. The visuals are created as animation and the projection is mapped onto the instrument’s surface. The project uses the bell as a projection surface to expose the acoustic waves vibrating throughout the instrument body.