JOURNAL: RESIDENCY, SPATIAL SOUND INSTITUTE, ART QUARTER BUDAPEST, JUNE-DECEMBER 2018
The 4DSOUND system is a large scale, 60 speaker integrated hardware and software installation creating a fully omnidirectional sound environment. The system utilises an innovative computer interface enabling sound designers to work sculpturally with sound, ‘liberating’ both sound designer and listener from speaker location. 4DSOUND and the Spatial Sound Institute are researching “how spatial sound is intertwined with a broader cultural movement that propagates self-awareness, social cohesion and sustainability … leading to a new Ecology of Listening – improving the quality of our listening environment to enhance our mental and physical state of being.”
In residence at 4DSOUND through July-August and November, my project involves collaboration with the place and the people of Hungary, where the 4DSOUND experimental studio is based. Exploring the speaking voice, the story and the storyteller, in as a compositional element in a spatial sound work. The residency encompasses field recordings taken around Budapest and wider Hungarian and Transylvanian countryside, recording and collaboration with storytellers and musicians, and the practice of ‘deep listening’ and focused attention on the sounds of place, in composing and presenting the work.
Stories have a natural rhythm, as do breath, machines, and nature. With this work I aim to create experiences using the natural rhythms of the world, constructing imaginary listening environments that enhance awareness. I aim to hear and heighten the natural rhythms of languages, the music of the spoken word, and voice in harmony.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.