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The Canvas of Resonance 聲幻共振

Sound Installation
2016
8m X 5m X 3m
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Microcontrollers, Metal Sheets, Custom Electronics, Motors, LED, Studio Microphones, Pre-Amplifiers / Audio Mixers, Studio Monitors (Speakers)

 

The Canvas of Resonance is a sound and visual installation inspired by the use of simple metal sheets to produce sound effects for cinema, TV and radio by Foley artists in the pre-digital age.
In the early days of live radio, Foley artists invented a novel way to create the sound of thunder: Their method of rattling a large piece of thin copper sheeting suspended by wires was so effective that it became a mainstay of the industry for decades, and is now what many people associate with a Foley artist’s work.

The Canvas of Resonance re-examines this longstanding audio effect, creating complex, atmospheric sound compositions by manipulating the surface of a series of metal sheets – each of a different thickness – suspended in the gallery space.
The Canvas of Resonance experiments with the full range of audio potential contained within the metal. Each sheet is fitted with five small motors which create vibrations in the metal. As the vibrations and metal thicknesses vary different sounds are produced, with every imperfection and discrepancy on the surface creating new and unique qualities of sound are amplified through microphones and speakers.
The resulting installation – accompanied by flickering lights highlighting the surface of the metal – is an immersive, pulsating and intensely cinematic experience.

 

音效裝置《聲幻共振》是黃智銓對金屬薄板這一 傳統發聲物件再檢視,再利用的過程。這類薄板 在數碼時代前,被廣泛用於製造打雷聲效,黃氏 以時下的電子技術賦歸傳統物料的可能性,過時 且有瑕疵的音質霎時變得異常珍貴,高低變奏下 所引發的想象空間早已超越純粹的振動與共鳴。

 

Documentation

(minimal low frequency sound, please use headphone or decent speakers to watch the video documentation)

Third Edition (2016)


Second Edition (2014)


First Edition (2012)


 

Exhibitions

  • 2016 – Solo Exhibition “The Canvas of Resonance” , Cube Gallery @ Phoenix, Leicester, UK (3rd Edition)
  • 2014 – ISEA 2014, Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai, UAE (2nd Edition)
  • 2013 – SCM7/K11 – TRANSCENDENT ORDINARINESS, K11 Art Mall, Hong Kong (2nd Edition)
  • 2012 – Nexto Contemporary Art, Hong Kong (1st Edition)

 

Presentations

 

Bibliography

 

Acknowledgement

  • Art & Culture Outreach (HK)
  • Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre (UK)