Acoustics of Storage Room 4b is an audio and light installation that explores the acoustic properties of a single room in a large storage facility in Vancouver. This was part of a large exhibition titled Thru the Trapdoor, featuring over 30 artists.
This installation consisted of three large subwoofers and dimmable incandescent lights. I analyzed the acoustic properties of the space and composed an algorithmic soundscape consisting only of frequencies that resonated in the space. The result was a literal landscape of sound that you could explore by moving through the space. Subtle movements of the participant resulted in a large difference in the perception of the sound. If you walked around the room you would discover that there are spots where it is almost absolutely quiet, while in other spots the sound would be extremely loud. This led some guests to believe that there were sensors involved and that they were somehow affecting the source of the sound when in fact their perception was the only thing that changed because of the physical properties of the waves propagating through the room. Even when multiple people were in the room, everyone was having a substantially different experience at any given moment.
This is the room before I made the installation.
This is the room when I was finished installing. I left these beach chairs in there for people to enjoy.
People responded to the physical sound in very different ways. This person was in a trance for almost an hour, letting the waves move her body.
A group of people locked themselves inside the installation and meditated for a while. They could be seen through a small window.
The sound had a huge impact on the sound of your voice, which gave visitors one more thing to explore as they lounged comfortably in the abstract soundscape.
Not everyone responded positively to the heavy physical sound. One person took it upon themselves to start throwing objects around the room and breaking one of the beach chairs in the process. As an artist, I am flattered that anyone would have such a strong reaction to my work.