A system that offers no resolution
March 11, 2015 1:08 AM   Subscribe

The Sound of Empty Space is an installation by Adam Basanta that explores ideas around silence, amplification and feedback.
posted by frimble (8 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Beautiful sounds, interesting concept. Thanks for posting.
posted by univac at 1:29 AM on March 11, 2015

I wonder where the deeper sounds at the end came from.
posted by idiopath at 2:01 AM on March 11, 2015

That is lovely on so many levels - just wish I hadn't scrolled down and read the art-speak description.
posted by twsf at 5:33 AM on March 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

art-speak description

It's a shame that that's obligatory, or it seems to be. I find that it's an obstacle to trying to experience the work, not an aid. If I wanted to hear some dubious philosophy I'd go talk to people, not go to a museum or gallery.
posted by thelonius at 6:47 AM on March 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

Neat stuff. The first has beautiful sounds but isn't, strictly speaking, amplifying only the room. The second is a torture device for live performers and sound people. The third, however, is fascinating. If the listener can control the speaker distance it's even better.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 8:51 AM on March 11, 2015

Nothing gave me the impression that the first was intended to be amplifying the room. The room is simply a parameter of the feedback system created by the speakers and the microphone, no?
posted by idiopath at 10:04 AM on March 11, 2015

thelonius: If I wanted to hear some dubious philosophy I'd go talk to people, not go to a museum or gallery.

I'm going to an opening of one of my favorite abstract artists in Pittsburgh this weekend, and she'll be there. The papers on the wall will be all, "Transcending modern influences with an insight evocative of...", and she'll be all like, "I really wanted to warm this up, so I decided to add these red touches here and here... Oh that? That surprised me when it happened, too!"
posted by IAmBroom at 10:12 AM on March 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

In defense of the philosophizing here, given the premise that one is interested in the transcendence of the subject/object duality, a feedback system composed of discrete components where the behaviors cannot be explained by any of those components in isolation is pretty much the perfect demonstration of that transcendence. This is to systems and relations as billiard balls are to cause and effect.
posted by idiopath at 10:26 AM on March 11, 2015

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