Guitar Environment #1

Knowles, Julian D. (2008) Guitar Environment #1. [Digital/Creative Work]

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Multichannel audio installation presented as part of 'Wavelength', Liquid Architecture 9, Carriageworks, Sydney, July 2008. Curator: Rene Christen----------

'Wavelength' was a group installation project consisting of a number of discrete works from following artists: Peter Blamey, Monica Brooks, Nicholas Economos, Jon Hunter, Jenny Hyde, Julian Knowles, Emily Morandini, Kusum Normoyle, Jasper Streit.----------

Author's Note: Guitar Environment #1 is a 5 channel installation work featuring damaged and degraded electric guitar sounds. Compositionally, the work is conceived within a combinatorial or musical 'mobile' framework, where any mix of channels can be listened to in any balance at any time. The playback platform for the installation is designed to create a condition of instability through interference. FM transmitter signals, sharing the same broadcast frequency, compete for pickup by portable FM receivers and headphones worn by listeners. The work thus creates a sense of instability which is articulated through the sound material and platform, aestheticising interference, noise and audio damage.----------

Curator's Note: Sound artists were invited to compose works in a way different from the cinematic baggage associated with surround sound. Each of 5 audio channels for each piece is broadcasted from a different FM transmitter hidden within the space, all transmitting on the same frequency. Audience members are invited to put on headphones tuned into this frequency and explore the soundscape of radio signals which exist within the space by moving through it. Pieces of the artists works emerge and disappear into the cacophony of the cities crowded radio waves and into each other, sometimes ambiguous as to what is the artist's contribution and what is the artifacting inherent in the system or alien signals permeating the boundaries of the installation.

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ID Code: 20981
Item Type: Creative Work (Digital/Creative Work)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Contact the author for an audition copy of this work
Funders: Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland
Material: DVD containing 5 audio channels, 5 x mono FM transmitters, multiple battery-operated radio receivers and headphones
Measurements or Duration: Indefinite duration
Published Source: Liquid Architecture 9. National Festival of Sound Art
Publisher: Liquid Architecture
Location: From date: To date:
Performance Space, Carriageworks, Sydney 2008-07-11 2008-07-12
Keywords: audio installation, wireless audio, interactive installation, experimental music, sound art, post digital music, electric guitar
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Music Composition (190406)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Music & Sound
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Julian Knowles
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2010 22:27
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 12:59

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