Grinnell College Art Department
I had to think about this piece differently, because instead of listening to the representation of a space, I was physically there. The vibrations of the sounds in such a small space really enforced that I physically felt the space, more than just aurally. The relationship between myself and the sounds became more complex. I felt like I was the object of the sounds, intruding on a small space already not big enough to contain them. I felt as though the sounds very acting directly on the listener, as opposed to acting on another sounds within the piece. I'm glad someone took this project this extra step further.
The space that was presented was a large area, even if it was in a really small room. The way that movement was created was by being control. The object that was used was delay, it took a while for it to be presented. The object was repetitive and smooth, but at the same time engaging. Some of the things that would have done this better is the timing due to the presentation to the object and shift between noises that were created.
It was interesting to be able to literally feel the sound at the absence of anything visual. However, it was overwhelming in a way that made it difficult to focus on the nuances within the piece. I feel that it if you had sacrificed some of the volume it would have made some of the elements more clear. Although, in this trade you would have inevitably lost part of the piece's physicality.
I really enjoyed the physical manifestation of sound and the ways in which you used the real instruments to manipulate the vibrations. However, the presentation was entirely overwhelming. It was thoughtful to provide earplugs, however a little more advance notice of what was to come for people who may have anxiety, panic disorders or claustrophobia would have probably been welcome.
I really enjoyed the fact that we were placed in the space. Although it was dark, it was not an uncomfortable place. You could feel the different vibrations due to the changes in sound which I felt added to the experience. I remember there were many different encounters that I heard with the change in pitches. Although it was extremely loud, I felt that it worked well with disorienting people in the space.
The idea of this live performance is great. The strong vibration caused by sound transformed the traditional perceiving way of hearing into a physical touching one. And the black room without lighting stops my attempt to see the performance and makes me more focused on what was happening by touching the sound. And the long time performance in such a black room gives me an illusion that the world is falling apart or kind of disappearing.
The movement in this piece felt like a slow, continuous fall in darkness. The sound, though overwhelming in volume, gradually grew less and less intrusive. The higher notes that came through felt suspended above me, and distant. It felt like we were all one solid cube of sound, floating in bucksbaum.
Space was literally the small dark sink room. Was this transformed? I seemed to escape the room when I closed my eyes and felt the music, but the other bodies and the small red lights seemed to reinforce the realities of the room. The sound was so powerful, loud, insistent, and physical. The experience overcame critical focus, so interpreting sounds as object encounters seems didn't happen. The dramatic ending was kinda deafening, in the way that an after image is blinding.
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