This project originated under the theme of sound/environment. It aims at amplifying the sound we make every day, the sound that we usually overlook. It war inspired by the readings about the numerous sound sources we encounter and sound pollution everyday. In order to concentrate on certain sounds we wanted to hear, we intentionally overlook a lot of other sounds. This project invites you to pay attention to the sound you make everyday.
For this project, originally I thought of capturing the sound we make and amplifying the sound back into space. I thought of using contact microphones to achieve this. However, when experimenting with the contact microphones, I found that they seemed to capture sound of the actual contact or friction not the sound we actually hear.
Therefore, instead of amplification, I thought of taking the project into a quieter space. I used the practice room in the basement of baukbaum and changed the texture of the floor by laying out different materials I can found. When walking on the floor, they would make different sounds.
Instead of the using the fluorescent light on the ceiling, I put a small lamp behind the piano in the practice room. This dim light takes out the emphasis on sight but allows the participant to focus more on the aural and tactile sensations of the environment.
If continue to work on it…
If I can continue to work on this, I would like to find some kind of other microphone that could capture the actual sound that we make. Also, it would be nice if I can have enough materials to actually cover the whole floor. I would also like to make the space more interesting to look at as well.