Sound Painting

  • ©ISEA2016: 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Bhakti Duran, Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, and Ashley Lane, Sound Painting
  • ©ISEA2016: 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art, Bhakti Duran, Jinsil Hwaryoung Seo, and Ashley Lane, Sound Painting
  • Image 1: Audience experience in the room with Sound Painting; Image 2: Sound Painting (still), 2015, Ashley Lane and Bhakti Duran, digital painting, © Texas A_M University

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  • Sound and Light

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  • Sound Painting

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  • Abstract
    After reading an article that stated the average viewer only spends 30 seconds in front of a work of art, Ashley Lane and Bhakti Duran set out to see if art could be designed to literally give viewers pause. Bhakti’s immersive sound work andAshley’s work on the impressionist animated painting come together to draw in viewers and encourage focused contemplation on the art at hand. After spending time with Sound Painting , participants have reported feeling “refreshed” and “relaxed”.

    Project Description
    Sound Painting combines an animated painting with 3D binaural audio to create a mixed media participatory installation. The binaural audio extends the flat projected painting into the space of the viewer, encompassing them in the world of the painting. The magnetic pull of oceanic sounds draw the viewer in and the subtle movements of the painting gently entice the viewer to stay. In Figure I, you can see the relationship of the viewer and the projected painting. The movement of the painting is not immediately perceptible, but those who spend time with the painting are rewarded with its secrets. Sound Painting has been called “very calming and relaxing” and “refreshing” by many participants. Indeed, Sound Painting seems to have an uncanny ability to imbue a meditative-like state of stillness and mental focus in its participants.

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