Sound of Presence

Collaborators: Leslie Epsztein, Quy Phung Kelly Ta, Qianhua Fu, Wen Wen
Supervisors: Paul Bavister, Luca Dellatoore
My role: Maxmsp coding        Duration:1 week

Presence is a time-based sound and visual performance that attemps to produce an intermediate state dwelling between life and death. It employs a set of well curated sound sequence and visual projection to construct intensive spatial experience. The sound is performed live therefore each time the total length fluctuates around two minutes level.

Audience will first hear sound of heartbeats which signifies the beginning of life. Ticking of a clock symbolizes the approaching of death. With ambiguous whisper passes from one speaker to another among all eight installed on each node of a cubic space, the piece embeds itself in sophisticated spatial narratives. To heighten the overall atmosphere, the room light is turned off. Instead, a breathing white circle video clip projected onto the ceiling provides a hint for serene existence.

Furthermore, we included sound effect of water dripping that is rather commonly sensed in a quiet room to enrich the soundscape. As the tempo of clock ticking rises, we invite audience into an uncertain realm of consciousness as if we are in the limbo. It is where life and death meets, where the presence is constrained and interrogated. Ultimately there comes the escape, or an eternal imprisonment in the void.

本次设计是一个以时间主题的声光融合的表演。它先用MaxMsp编程控制sound Lab的八声道环绕扬声器,构建出一个高保真沉浸式的3D声场,当参与者展在空间中心位置时,可以听到以假乱真的空间声效。我们在空间声效的基础上,给不同的声音设计了不同的运动轨迹,配合灯光投影进行空间叙事。



I tell the day, to please him, thou art bright

And dost him grace when clouds do blot the heaven;

So flatter I the swart-complexioned night,

When sparkling stars twire not, thou gild’st the even.

But day doth daily draw my sorrows longer,

And night doth nightly make grief’s strength seem stronger.

——William Shakespeare, SONNET 28

*Read by Leslie Epsztein in French







——莎士比亚, 十四行诗 第28首


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