Soundscapes: Frequent Sea at the Exploratorium



Two of my friends (and long-time Max users), Barry Threw and Meara O’Reilly have unveiled their new collaboration Frequent Sea at the Exploratorium’s Kanbar Auditorium in San Francisco. The sound installation was specially designed for the auditorium’s advanced Meyer Sound Constellation sound system.

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Frequent Sea
by Meara O’Reilly and Barry Threw
May 2–July 1, 2014

Most of the time we think of listening as a static act. Yet changing positions can greatly affect our perceptions of sound and space. A room’s architecture and its resonances can create radically different listening experiences in different places. And many of the principles of hearing that help us locate objects or navigate a space also influence how we hear music.

Specifically designed for the Kanbar Forum’s Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system, Frequent Sea is a dynamic composition that visitors perceptually co-create by walking through the space and standing in various locations. As steady, pure tones are gradually introduced at different points around the room, increasingly complex polyrhythms and melodies emerge from the physical collision of sound waves in both space and ears, providing each listener with a singular, embodied experience.