hush hush

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hush hush (2005).
Sound installation. 2 microphones, 8 speakers.

This work uses several ‘machine listening’ models created during my studies in Sonology to first analyse and subsequently re-synthesise the sound present at two microphone inputs. Snippets of this live sound are captured into short recording buffers that are then manipulated further by the voices/sounds of the participants. The final results are transmitted through eight loudspeakers situated in a circle around the visitor.

The result is a playful environment where constant change is the only thing that can be relied on. Its design is such that the installation accommodates a crowd as well as an individual (entire classes of students joined in, some even bringing instruments along). As its name suggests, both silence (or relative quietness) and the “sh” sound itself have a special effect in each and every musical scene that is played.

  • A. Beeston, “hush hush,” in Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag, The Netherlands. Audio-controlled interactive sound installation. 23 Sep, 2005.
    [BibTeX] [link]
    @inproceedings{Beeston:2005hush,
    author = {Beeston, Amy},
    title = {{hush hush}},
    booktitle = {{Koninklijk Conservatorium}},
    year = {2005},
    address = {Den Haag, The Netherlands. Audio-controlled interactive sound installation. 23 Sep},
    link = {http://avbees.com/hush-hush/},
    month = sep
    }