raining, so me and laura parked downtsairs…
looks like this may still be up
'The installation is connected to the ebb and flow of tides at the nearby Santa Monica Municipal Pier. High and low tides throughout the day are marked by dramatic episodes swirling through the live acoustical space. Each high tide brings in a few new pieces of ‘sonic driftwood’, short snippets of sound that are dropped into cyclonic rings, slowly rotating through the space, repeating at irregular intervals. The result is a raindrop smattering soundscape, constantly familiar yet constantly cycling. Each low tide washes away a few sounds, so that over time the materials are replenished like so much coastline flotsam and jetsam. The sonic driftwood consists of sounds recorded around the site, with the addition of instrumental materials provided by Jesse Catron, Paul Livingstone, Pauline Oliveros, Jeremy Drake, Philip Gelb and Vinny Golia.
16 NXT flat-panel speakers mounted in the ceiling. Mac computer running custom MAX/MSP software. MOTU digital to analog convertor. Two environmental sensing microphones used to build an archive of site sounds (not used in real-time). Microphone system for elevator detection used to evolve sounds when visitors are nearby. Microphone system for exhaust fan detection used to control overall sound level when fan is running.