Voyage There and Back
Audio, 30 minutes, stereo. Made for Creative Audio Unit, ABC National Radio, Sidney. Curated by Anna Friz and Konrad Korabiewski.
The sound of a slow stroke fishing boat engine is used to make a description of a voyage simply by manipulating the timing of the sound.
The travel takes place by association and imagination. The gradual speeding up and slowing down of the engine’s stroke connects directly to the sense of time, movement, narrative: with sound as a vehicle for time travel, perception of space- time and Doppler effect.The sound is very slow in the beginning, then gradually accelerates in tempo to slightly faster than normal before slowing again on the return trip. The change is constant and very gradual, affecting the pitch of the sound. Because of the very slow modulation the nuances of the sound are in constant development. Different frequencies and rhythms appear and disappear, and the sound slowly renews itself throughout the piece. Small adjustments were made to enhance and clarify those nuances, with very short external sounds added in two places.
Audio installation, 4 channel, 30 minutes
A second version of the work was made for an exhibition in Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel. In this version the sound moved between speakers along a corridor built out of the main exhibition space.