Sounding Space was a 6 month residency where participants worked with ambisonic technology to create sound compositions, participate in a series of lectures, masterclasses and workshops, and culminate in the Sounding Space symposium.
Nomad Lab Statement
Our laboratory is a problem-solving, collaborative, open experiment in learning through sound. It is non-specialist, heuristic and matches the transdisciplinary character of both fine art and the discursive fields that run through it. From Marinetti’s polyphonic crowds of 1909 to critiques of nature/cliture, we join the experimental tradition that unpicks the scripts of artworks and specialist disciplines and seeks fresh perspectives. It is, in the words of Deleuze and Guattari, ‘Nomad science’.
The experience of using the tools to hand in our workshops is central to our method. Such tools are notation and software, both are visual ways to deal with sound (see e.g. John Zorn, John Cage). Another tool in our kit is field recording which affords us ways of knowing social space that photographic evidence cannot. Along with DIY electronics and computer generated sounds our approach is a dynamic process of assemblage where different media are used to build one sound piece. In addition to our journeyman use of tools, talking and listening to artists and philosophers (living and dead) has yielded certain findings: Nothing is really solid. The moleclies in matter are constantly vibrating and sound is the vibration of moleclies within any medium. Sound co-exists within all things vibratory. Sound is the subtle vibrations through which all life manifests. Sound in its intrinsic quality presupposes some kind of rhythm which is directly linked to repetitions, reprises or returns. But repetition or return doesn’t imply an absolute repetition. On the contrary, it is always the becoming of something new and unforeseen.