Hi Open Ears community! I was recently at the High Performance Rodeo in Calgary and the PUSH Festival in Vancouver, taking in amazing presentations of theatre, music and dance from all around the world. I also dropped by the New Media Gallery in New Westminster, BC, where Tristan Perich's OCTAVE is part of a wonderful sound exhibition called OTIC. It's a sonically and visually striking piece, that will be coming to Open Ears in May 2016 as one of our sound installations!
I love it because it combines simplicity with complexity, and will mean something different to everyone. Sometimes I hear the mass of speakers, and other times I delight in the horizontal travel to hear the octave. There's also this wonderful crossover between white noise that morphs (to me) into shakuhachi flute! As per the gallery description: Octave is a formal look at musical intervals as a dense continuum of microtonal pitch, expressed en masse as discrete 1-bit frequencies distributed across hundreds of individual speakers, (one bit sound). A series of 12 metal panels each contains 25 speakers (300 speakers in total). From a distance what is heard is dense white noise. But as one approaches the panels, and then each individual speaker, the personality of the tone is articulated and physically experienced.
One piece that WILL NOT be coming to OE16 is Carsten Nicolai's 334 m/s. Curator Gordon Duggan told us the epic saga of its installation, which involved multiple visits from the fire marshal, shut down orders from the fire marshal on their first weekend, days of hydrocarbon testing, propane fire extinguishing training, installing direct outdoor venting from an interior space (not easy!), false walls, and a hail mary phone call that saved the exhibition. Check out a vine of the combustion here.