“Thou said, drum - make well. (We) shall live, the reindeer not dying; also afterwards, children well”. *
Installation prototype (4’, stereo)
The piece is generated from code and can be of any duration, from minutes to hours to days, and for any number of channels.
This work sonifies Arctic sea ice data taken from 1980, projected forward to 2080. Pulsar synthesis is used to render the data.
Two tones, high and low, represent the sea ice levels a century apart. A sweeping tone between the two extremes marks the predicted loss of sea ice over the century. A sense of unfolding chaos is modelled by the complex patterns of interference and resonance resulting from the response of the drumskins to the electronically generated sound. The sound is channelled by means of transducers attached to the inner skin of the frame drums.
The use of the drum picks up on the technique behind the core sound generator, pulsar synthesis, and extends the chain of signification to the following:-
Thanks to Marcin Pietruszewski for assistance with coding the models, to Matteo Spagnolo and his team for providing the data.
*A. Beck Kehoe, Shamans and Religion, An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking, Long Grove, IL., Waveland Press, Inc., 2000, p. 31.