水, 2018.

installation, sound lab, suny purchase, feb 2018.
variable dimensions. speakers, cables, electronics. 6 channel audio. 

 

explores via immersive sound the use of abstract symbols as a means of describing forms without predetermined orientation or boundary: water, equilateral intonational structures, ideogrammatic language. a single recording of water is played across six loudspeakers in a hexagonal array, each channel filtered individually to isolate frequencies present in the recording that are in tune with a low-order hexany––a combination product set, developed by theorist erv wilson, that acts as a scale of six equidistant pitches with no fundamental. each instantiation rises and falls at random with a pitch derived from this set, creating a braided, undulating flow of sound, timbrally and perceptually linked to the initial water source recording, but detached to the point of abstraction because of the imposed structure. at regular intervals, the source recording washes over the listening space. the han character of the title, shuĭ, is a multilingual symbol for water, which has evolved from what was, in its earliest known incarnation, a simple drawing of a stream.