LocoSound is a flux audio experience that is synchronized with the landscape viewed from a train window. Through a system of GPS tracking, the audience can tune into a radio frequency when boarding a train wagon and become part of an audio visual experience.
Signe Lidén (1981) is an artist based in Bergen. Her installations and performances examine man-made landscapes and their resonance. She is interested in how places and their histories resonate; in memory, through narratives and various materials, as ideological manifestations and political territories. Her work spans from sound installations, sculpture, video and performance to more documentary forms such as sound essays and archives.
My work investigates perception – and listening in particular – as an active, participatory, multi-modal activity which is distributed throughout a variety of human and non-human agencies. By interrogating points of intersection between the conceptual and sensorial, the psychological and psychophysical, as well as conscious, bodily and mechanical dimensions of the listening experience, I aim to draw the viewer’s awareness towards undiscovered facets of their own listening. In my recent work, I exclusively use objects from the world of commercial sound reproduction technologies. Disrupting their technical and economic functions, thus nullifying their potential as instruments of mass communication, these objects are transformed into sculptural sound- producing centerpieces. Through the use and subtle perversion of communication technologies, I aim to reveal their material agencies as prosthetic technologies-of-listening, while in turn allow reflection on the material agency of our own bodily "technologies" of listening. Arranging these objects into three-dimensional reconfigured listening situations, I create spaces for aesthetic and conceptual contemplation of sound, listening, sonic technologies, and the manners in which these elements are at constant interplay.
A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Library of Congress has recently demonstrated that current technologies can play back experimental recordings made in Washington DC between 1881 and 1885 by the Volta Laboratory Associates. With the support of a Lemelson Center Fellowship and the help of curator Carlene Stephens, I spent approximately ten weeks between October and December 2011 studying all of the experimental sound recordings preserved in the collections of the National Museum of American History. By combining direct artifactual evidence with laboratory notebooks and other written sources, I’ve been piecing together a more comprehensive history of the Volta group’s work in recorded sound than has been available in the past, as well as identifying the place of many individual recordings within it. Here’s what I’ve concluded so far about the six specific recordings played back as part of the recent pilot project.
The Creative Audio Archive (CAA) is a Chicago based center for the preservation and investigation of innovative and experimental sonic arts and music. CAA is an initiative of the Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), formed in response to growing concerns over the general state of historical preservation of non-mainstream audio, in particular, recordings, print, and visual ephemera related to avant-garde and exploratory sound and music of the last five decades.
My varied artistic approaches to sound includes the generation, recording and production of works through techniques that range from the construction of original instrument devices and installations, to the capture of acoustic phenomenon through environmental field recordings to digital multi-tracking and manipulation. The resulting compositions are often studies in extended evolutionary permutations of a selected set of sound sources. These sources can concentrate on different properties of sound instigation and emanation that can range from the textural animation of inanimate objects or an open-air mechanical noise field to overtone resonances from a set of wires stretched across a room.