Installed at Glasgow Science Centre as part of Sonica 2015, Helmholtz was first presented at Reverb Festival set within Camden’s Roundhouse.
Helmholtz is designed as a space to encourage musical experimentation. It has set the scene for performances from musicians including Peter Gregson, London Contemporary Choir, Sam Brookes, The Maxwell Quartet and many others. For the Glasgow installation a piano was provided and visitors were encouraged to bring their own instruments.
This installation acts as a demonstration of acoustics – the real physical properties of sound. Each light object is analogue and autonomous without latency or central control, and so gives a realtime indication of the sound pressure level at that point. Combined into a distributed array they create a map of sound as it travels around you. In large spaces you can clap and see the sound travel away from you. You can also see beautiful patterns as different frequencies resonate across the room, this effect is most stark for low-frequency sounds as shown in the videos below.
Adaptable in location and scale Helmholtz can be presented as a one-off commission or as part of a wider festival programme. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Brooke’s performs at the Camden install of Helmholtz, accompanied by the London Contemporary Voices choir.
Step Inside Radio explores the nature of shared radio experiences and the future of experimental radio. For this installation at the Roundhouse in Camden, Wintour’s Leap transformed four vintage radios into objects that each tell their own story in response to the physical proximity of their audience.