Sweetspotting-2 - Raum als Klangkörper
Eight-channel sound installation for five rooms, Masterthesis UdK Berlin, group-exhibition, Aufhörn!, Naher Osten, March 2011, Berlin
Sweetspotting-2 was a walk-in sound installation for five connected and darkened rooms. The sounds played over loudspeakers were designed and composed on the basis of technical measurements of the acoustic properties of the installation-space, mathematical calculations from the room dimensions and tests of the actual sounds at the site.
- Best with headphones. The audio-recordings for this video were made using binaural microphones (OKM).
- All changes in rhythm are due to movements of the visitor inside the installation. If the visitor wouldn't move the rhythm wouldn't change.
- The video recordings were made by a visitor at her very first walk inside of the installation. With a camera and microphones she could move around freely. In order to keep the documentation authentic, no professional cameraman and no one who knew the installation was chosen.
The composition is time-defined (11:30 min.) and played in a loop. However, the different parts of the composition were allocated in the five rooms, so the composition couldn't be perceived as a whole in one place at one time. Moving independently through the installation was an important part of experiencing the work. What you could hear changed strongly depending on where you were in the installation.
Sounds that are specific to the rooms were extracted and designed for the auditory experience of different sound dimensions in a room. At the same time there was an auditory expansion as sounds of the other rooms were blending into the original sound. Visitors could intuitively deal with spatial sounds and their very own experience of listening and hearing.
The word Sweetspotting refers to the technical term sweet spot as it is used in audio technology. The sweet spot is the optimal position between two loudspeakers to receive a stereo signal. One could say by using more than two loudspeakers and spreading them in five rooms the installation doesn't meet the technical requirements of a sweet spot. I would rather say the concept of a single and lonesome spot is replaced by a variety of interesting listening positions. Which one of them is perceived as optimal turns into a question of individual aesthetic taste.
Thus the terminological extension from sweet spot to the more active sweet-spotting also stands for the movement and search for different interesting listening-spots inside the installation.
Sweetspotting-2 was featured on RBB Kulturradio by Silke Merten on 17.03.2011.
Within the rbb-radio documentary on the exhibition Aufhörn! Silke Merten presented my sound installation and interviewed me about the work.