Espen Sommer Eide – artist/composer
Vertical Studies at Sonic Acts
We will perform our new Vertical Studies piece at the opening of the Sonic Acts exhibition 1. February, and then again during the festival 23. February. More info about location and tickets here: http://sonicacts.com/2017/news/vertical-studies-in-sint-jansklooster-1
Vertical Studies: Acoustic shadows and boundary reflections
by Signe Lidén and Espen Sommer Eide
In this new collaborative work, Eide and Lidén wish to invite the participants on a journey to a 46 meter high abandoned water tower in Sint Jansklooster. The tower has been re-imagined as a vertical field-lab where the artists will introduce their ongoing investigations into connections between sound, history, wind and weather. For this purpose they have constructed a range of special instruments for the recording and playback of sounds in the vertical dimension. The participants on this journey, will experience both live vertical studies outdoors and inside the towers spiral staircase, as a ascending vertical soundscape shaped by Eide and Lidén.
In their collaborations, Lidén and Eide investigate how sound is shaped by and resonates in various environments. Their previous work, the critically acclaimed 2016 performance Altitude and History was staged in the hills above Nikel, Russia, as part of the Dark Ecology journey. Leading the audience on a performative field trip, they delved into the connections between wind and sound at various altitudes and its connections vertically to layers of local history. Sound movement through the atmosphere is affected by the wind profile, the open landscape and the winter temperatures, which can bend the wave front, causing sounds to be heard where they normally would not, or vice versa, creating acoustic shadows. Building upon this archive of altitudinal sounds from Nikel and other areas visited by the artists, they are now working on a new model of verticality. As an imaginative figure the artists experiment with sorting their archive of sounds by height. From the bottom of the oceans, to the planetary boundary layer with land formations and weather shaping the sounds, up through the clouds to the outer atmosphere.