Here is a photo of people experiencing the 20-speaker sound installation architect Lindsay Webb and I created called ‘You are Hear’ in the foyer of the Australia Square Building for the Expanded Architecture exhibition. The exhibition was on the 7th of November 2014. More info about the work appears below:
You Are Hear is a work of aural architecture: it is indoor orienteering for the ears. The sonic environment of Australia Square’s tower lobby is microtonally rendered by detailed geometric analysis of the high curvilinear ceiling. 20 discreet, intersecting audio zones corresponding to Seidler/Nervi’s 20 ribbed, radial segments are composed with precise reference to the geometry of the soffit structure, and distributed around the outer edge of the ground-level circuit in a modular array of 20 tuned speakers. The spatial approach is a sensory enactment of subjectivity in architecture. As you move around the circular foyer, you are hearing your precise geolocation within resonating space; tones and rhythms advance and retreat depending on your ambulation; each point sounds like no other spatial point within the foyer; you are here. As a formal experiment in sonic dispersion drawing a direct line from Kandinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg and Xenakis to Steve Reich and Max Neuhaus, You Are Hear works against traditional presentation of musical scores wherein patrons receive a work unfolded in time and anchored in singular space. This work is experienced by exploration. The entire cubic space is zinging and alive1. Each speaker’s unique cluster of tones is temporally variant, phasing to create an ever- evolving performance, and the mobile audience ‘play the gradient’. The piece has the potential for time-without-end, or more accurately time-with-building’s-end. On the cyclic harmonic–temporal– spatial map, you are hear.