Donna Legault: Subtle Territory

  • ©2013, Donna Legault, Subtle Territory
  • ©2013, Donna Legault, Subtle Territory


    Subtle Territory

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    Computer, Mixer, Custom Pure Data Program, Microphone, Public Announcement System

Artist Statement:

    Subtle Territory manifests imperceptible sounds of the immediate surroundings. This presentation is an audio documentation of the reactive installation environment. The experience introduces listeners to an expanded field of sound from frequencies and distances at the threshold and beyond the limits of human hearing. The architecture of surrounding buildings act as acoustic surfaces by transmitting urban and environmental tremors to a sensitive microphone. Using a custom Pure Data program, infrasonic and low frequency sounds are isolated from the live input and extended across the audible frequency range to reveal a liminal sonic field. Environmental resonances are heard as modulating drones and pulses. These sounds are joined by incidental harmonic melodies that emerge from the activity of pedestrian and local traffic. People’s expectations of a familiar audio-space are disrupted when sound data is transformed into a soundscape composed by contributions from the public and the city itself.



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