SOUNDIAL aims to engage the public community with an arresting new manifestation of a public timepiece. Using ultrasonic, hyper-directional speakers, three rotating "beams" of newly-composed electronic music are transmitted in an outdoor public space.
Using Arduino-controlled motors, the speakers are made to rotate 360 degrees at varying speeds; every minute, hour, and 12 hours, respectively. Three separate electroacoustic soundscape compositions are projected, each with a linear arc that repeats in sync with the rotation of its designated speaker. The music creates a space just outside the realm of ordinary sonic possibility, which individuals in the community may or may not be attuned to depending on their state of mind.
Depending on the time of day and their relative position to the installation site, casual passersby will experience a fleeting and distinctly personal sonic immersion as the clock "passes through them." By rendering our public experience of time as an invisible, temporary, and unexpected musical experience—rather than one that is visible, static, and perennially accessible—it is hoped that the installation will foster a new and more elusive relationship to both sound and time.
SOUNDIAL is supported by a grant from New Music USA
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