Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Theme Day: Movement

Did you see it? No?
Well, stick around a bit.

This sound sculpture, Prairie, by Shawn Decker
was designed to evoke a grassland, with sounds 
of birds, insects, and tree frogs peeping and chirping.
The rods bend and vibrate from time to time,
as though a late summer grasshopper has landed
on their stems. The sounds are overlapping,
twenty movements controlled by a computer
installed under the window. The chirps and swaying
are created by cell phone speakers and vibration
motors on each of the brass stems.
Sit a while, watch and listen, and the piece
will take you to a wide open field, maybe even 
allow you to imagine that the brass rods
smell of  grasses on a warm day.

On the first day of each month, the members of
the City Daily Photo blog portal use a scene 
from their cities to describe a theme. 
Today's theme was/is Movement.
I'm a city girl, so my "movement" is a bunch
of brass rods, some of which bounce and vibrate
as though a bird has alit on their stems. 

 To see other images those nice folks from CDP 
have chosen, click the link above or 
the badge to the right of this post. 


Peter van den Besselaar said...


Sharon Anck said...

This is great. I wish I could see and hear it in person.

William Kendall said...

That is entirely different!

Lynette said...

Very interesting! You’ve made a great Theme Day post. I'm glad you picked this to share with us.

Speedway said...

This installation is at the Herron School of Art on West New York Street. It is so low key, but the sounds take you in as you enter the gallery. It's like being outdoors -- but not. It's sad to imagine a world deprived of birds, but these recordings took me to that possibility - a sort of sensory deprivation with only mechanical recreations of what humans have killed off.

Jim said...

Very interesting indeed.