IDWALS LAMENT : THE VALLEY PEACOCKS
A Proposal from Benoit Maubrey for Soundlands’ Bangor Sound City.
Audio Peacocks in the Cwm Idwal Valley/ Snowdania, Wales.
A “herd” of electroacoustic “birds” wander into the Valley.
This mobile and multiacoustic ensemble wear costumes equipped with samplers, amplifiers, speakers and batteries.
Their autonomous instruments allow them to interact with the natural amphitheater-like environment of the Cwm Iwal Valley.
The individual performers’ sounds echo and reverberate with each other throughout the landscape.
Their voices are transformed into the lonely cries of a strange species breaking against the mountain slopes:
Idwals* lament echoes across the valley and reverberates on the lake’s surface.
N.B. Even though the Valley Peacocks are not particularly social (like wild mountain goats or cows in the Alps with their cacophonous bells) they are not shy and are also known to enjoy other acoustic surroundings such as nearby Conry Castle (see photos).
*The cultural significance of the valley is exemplified in the fabled origins of its name, named in memory of Idwal, son of one of the ancient Princes of Gwynedd who according to legend, drowned in the lake.
Download Valley PEACOCK PDF, 440 kB
BANGOR SOUND CITY
For BANGOR SOUND CITY, the plan is to convert the local clocktower into a “Speakers Corner” made of over 5,000 weather-resistant loudspeakers, would allow the public to express itself “live” for 3 minutes via Bluetooth receivers, Wi-FI, and a local telephone number. The sculpture would also be available for local concerts and public art events.
Download SPEAKER SCULPTURES 2014 PDF
Concept for the Waterfront Project in Seattle . I plan to create a gigantic SPEAKERS POST, using as model the carved wood posts from local Native Americans (the Kwakiutl of British Columbia — see image below) that were used during Potlatch ceremonies to amplify visitors’ voices. My “upgraded” version, made of over 20,000 weather-resistant loudspeakers, would allow the public to express itself “live” for 3 minutes via Bluetooth receivers, Wi-FI, and/or a local telephone number. The sculpture would also be available for local concerts and public art events.
Download SPEAKER SCULPTURES 2014 PDF
An interactive electroacoustic sculpture made of 1200 recycled loudspeakers.
Sound: low-level white noise (electromagnetic waves) are the “heartbeat” of the sound sculpture. Additionally people can call up the WINDOWS and talk through it for 3 minutes. Also via bluetooth technology spectators within 20 meters of the sculpture can participate orally/musically with their smartphones. In effect the sculpture functions as a “Speakers Corner”.
Download SHOP WINDOWS PDF
TREE (project for the Sculpture Museum in Marl/Germany)
The Tree is wrapped with 350 recycled loudspeakers. These are soldered together and connected to amplifiers, radio receivers, bluetooth audio receivers.
The Tree plays low-level white noise however the public is also allowed via bluetooth technology to express themselves (voices and music via their smartphones) as “oral graffitti“.
TREE PDF download
PORTE SONORE (SPEAKERS GATE)
Project for Les Abattoirs (near Lyon) for the Festival Electrochoc
materials: 1000 recycled loudspeakers (soldered together as an 8-channel system), one 24-channel mixing board, 10 amplifiers, 10 recycled receivers , 10 recycled cassette players/ “ghetto blasters” , 10 DVD/CD players.
Sound: low-volume multi-acoustic white noise (white noise = electromagnetic sound waves change according to weather, time, radio stations and frequencies) .
Also the public can call up the sculpture via a local telephone number and talk through it “live” for 3 minutes with their telephones or use their smart phones to play and create tunes.
The sculpture would also be available for local concerts and public art events.
PORTE SONORE PDF download
Project for in Copenhagen’s Festival Strøm and Wundergrund Festival .
1000 Loudspeakers, 20 amplifiers, assorted recycled electronic materiels, 1 answering machine + telephone number. People can call up the Ship and talk LOUD through 1000 loudspeakers for 3 minutes.
SPEAKERS BARGES PDF download
SPEAKERS CONTAINER PDF download