Resonant Spaces - Lake Nevin

Installation for SONICBernheim: Hunter's Moon, at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY, October 16, 2016.

Four snare drums with transducers, each drum driven by a sound file cycling through recordings of its own rolls.

Each placed in different environments along the east side of Lake Nevin, stretching north and south of the Garden Pavilion, such that a listener standing at one instrument can barely hear the sound of its neighbor. 

The staging points of the drums are linked by the consistency of their sound material, and when sounding together fade into an irregular droning texture, as different overtones collide, reinforce, and interfere with one another. At a distance, this texture fades into and blends with that of the natural soundscape generated by crickets, birds, and the nearby highway. At close range, the sound of an individual drum saturates its siting location.

Participants stopping to listen to a beacon in one location experience the interaction between nearby and far-away reflections, and carve their own physical and aural path through the space over the duration of the event.

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