33 - Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
M - Exhibition
Bath, Somerset; Preston, Lancashire; City of London, UK
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This multi-component output comes from a sonic art perspective and builds upon the knowledge that low frequency vibration physically affects the body. Imponderable Sound represents a new musical approach named, which incorporates low bass frequency to develop new and extended techniques for contemporary composition. Infrasonic vibrations create a sensory and immersive environment that add an extra sensory experience, that of touch, meaning that the work can be perceived haptically, often a neglected area of sonic artworks.
This way of working opens up possibilities for innovative compositional approaches using only bass frequencies for a sonic art environment. Whilst there are already artists such as Cat Hope (2012), Sarah Angliss (2003) and Gupfinger (2009) amongst others that work with bass frequencies, this work differs in that it explores how those frequencies affect vocal and instrumental performance, as well as movement. A phenomenological method was employed to analyse the ‘lived experience’ of Imponderable Sound participants, drawing upon the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty to gain a deeper understanding of how the Sonic Body (Henrique 2011), the sonic experience Jasen (2016) and the lived experience, as discussed by Kozel in her book Closer (2008), uncover embodied knowledge of the participant performers and the sonic artist.
Imponderable Sound ran from 2014 – 2020 with several outputs in a diversity of formats. The project had multiple research strands exploring new and original sonic art that used synthesised infrasound to interact with the auditionee through haptic perception; the research induced the resonation of sculptural tubes as new instruments for sound production; new and original composition that utilised only the bass register; and original performance techniques; all expressed through sonic installations and live performances captured in two archive films, two documentary films and a website as a multi-component output, supported by contextual information.