Sounding Site [TABACALERA]

Site-specific sound installation | Sótano Sur, CSA La Tabacalera de Lavapiés.
8-channel audio, tactile transducers
In colaboration with Pablo Sanz
Madrid, Spain, October 2010.

SOUNDING SITE is a listening environment based on the specific physical properties of the basement area where it was installed, in the former national tobacco factory known today as ‘La Tabacalera de Lavapiés’. The work activates and renders audible the space, exploring resonance, spatial and material aspects of the site.
The source audio material used in the composition is a combination of transformed recordings of the empty space, acoustic measurements, ultrasound and additional recordings of activity in the building. The installation uses a custom made diffusion system consisting of hidden transducers which are strategically attached to several objects and structures belonging to the space.

The video shows a succession of excerpts from the composition, recorded binaurally walking in the space.

Read an interview (spanish) about the work published in the fanzine Ursonate #02

“ I think that this process of merging and mystery is what I find so exciting right now about sound only installations. Perhaps because we live in such a media drenched environment, I am often thinking and critiquing, full of internal barriers and suspicion around the motivations and implications behind a piece. I implicitly trusted Cantizzani and Sanz. The piece drew me out of myself and into the space. I felt a deeper connection to corporeality through sound. The spare visuals of the space gave me permission to feel something new”.

March 2012 student´s comment from The New School New York

Acknowledgments: José Luis Espejo, Cisco Espinar, Miguel Angel Lastra, Manuel Calurano y David GF.

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Instalación creada para el sótano de La Tabacalera, construida a partir de la exploración de las propiedades acústicas, arquitectura y sonidos de este entorno.
Esta composición de cuarenta minutos de duración es reproducida a través de ocho transductores adheridos a elementos presentes en el espacio. Activando las resonancias del lugar, se genera un flujo cambiante en diálogo con su actividad cotidiana.

La intervención es un intento por hacer audible el propio espacio y enriquecer la experiencia del mismo a través de la escucha.

Entrevista sobre el trabajo publicada en 2012 por el fanzine Ursonate #02

Agradecimientos: José Luis Espejo, Cisco Espinar, Miguel Angel Lastra, Manuel Calurano y David GF.


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