Resonant Spaces - Johnson Museum
Installation for Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
Four snare drums with transducers, each drum driven by a sound file cycling through recordings of its own rolls.
Each placed in far corners of the atrium on the basement floor of the museum's new wing, overlooking the sculpture garden.
The sounds of these hybrid electronic and acoustic instruments activate the resonant frequencies of their location, highlighting the materiality of their staging site by illuminating acoustic and physical properties of the surrounding concrete. The subsequent shifting drone texture excites the resonant frequencies both of the downstairs atrium and the large air column formed by the open stairwell connecting it to the street-level lobby two stories above.
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