Archive for the installations Category

Med et halvt øre

| March 8th, 2008

halvtoereThe sound installation ’Med et halvt øre’ (‘Listening with half an ear’) is a
homage to misunderstanding. Just as we can get completely the wrong end of the
stick from overhearing random snippets of conversations in a train or on the
street, ‘Med et halvt øre’ misconstrues its own inputs and plays back its own false
version of reality.

Using an omidirectional microphone, ‘Med et halvt øre’ records short sound
intervals from the exhibition space. These sound bites are then processed by
chaos algorithms, which fragment the recordings, and the result is played back
through a 4+1 surround system.
From the moment you step into the room where ‘Med et halvt øre’ is installed,
you become part of it. Interaction with the installation is immediate and highly
captivating. The space’s acoustic activity is the subject of a real‐time process
where the installation plays back captured sounds of its surroundings. The
constantly evolving sound picture is continually influenced by the prevailing
sound environment – although you may be able to discern your own voice and
the room’s acoustics, the installation finds its own logic and context in its
recordings.

’Med et halvt øre’ structures its input around association processes, similar to
those of the brain’s neural network. The installation endeavours to recognize
structures and generate a meaningful context – but all its efforts fail
spectacularly. The result is an intriguing, fragmented ‘sound interface’ that
reproduces a completely different story to that actually told by the room.

Audible Traffic

| October 3rd, 2006

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Audible Traffic

An acoustic installation by the collective 3:1 (DK).
This is a two part audible exchange project, between Long Beach and Copenhagen, Denmark.
The first part of the project is installed in the interior of this parking garage as an event during SoundWalk.
Prior to the installation in Long Beach, 8 recordings have been produced in a parking garage, located in Copenhagen, which was selected due to its unique acoustics qualities.
In each four levels of the building, audio tracks were recorded simultaneously, whereby the experience of the cars driving between the four levels was preserved. All the cars occupying the parking garage that day were standard 2 or 4 door automobiles.

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In the interior of the Long Beach parking structure the installation of the recordings is amplified and played through 8 speakers, as they weave and interfere, as well as overlap and co-exist with the live acoustics produced by the transiting automobiles.
The second part of the project will be to replay a similar recording from the American parking garage in the Danish parking structure. This will take place in Copenhagen, Summer 2007.

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The Street Car Conspiracy

In conjunction with other major corporate companies, General Motors constituted a holding company by the name The National City Lines and illegally acquired the streetcar systems in many cities in the USA, thus gradually dismantling them and introducing busses instead. The main motive was however to promote the automobile. In 1949 they were convicted of the criminal act and fined.
The conversion to busses was then believed to be the new technology, as they were more flexible than streetcars with their fixed routes. The buses adjusted well to the rapid suburbanization, which followed the rising real estate values.

The Red Cars

The Red Cars is a nickname for the Pacific Electric Railway in Southern California, which emerged in the late 19th Century. The last passenger line of the Pacific Electric, the line from Los Angeles to Long Beach, continued until April 9th, 1961.
In 1990, electric rail train service returned to Los Angeles again with the opening of the Blue Line. The line runs from downtown Los Angeles to Long Beach, and uses most of the same trackage as the original Pacific Electric line, which was discontinued in 1961.
Since then, a couple of more lines have been opened, but it is still unlikely that the level of the original Pacific Electric Railway will ever be reached again.
SoundWalk2006

AUXdogs

| August 18th, 2006

The Danish hot-dog stand is both a transitory and reliable meeting place in the hustle and bustle of the city. AUX captured this poetry of the everyday in the sound installation AUXdogs for the electronic music festival Public Service, organised by the Danish National Radio.

An old wooden hot-dog stand was custom-made to map out four key locations in Copenhagen both visually and acoustically. Guests at the festival could eavesdrop on conversations and sound scapes from four different stands in Copenhagen, while enjoying a hotdog served by AUX.

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