The natural electrical signals of four living plants affect the playback of
sounds drawn from nature: earth (tumbling rocks), air (wind), water (a
stream), and fire (crackling). These sounds are normally in balance with each
other. But when you trigger a sound associated with human activity on the
ipad, it distorts, punctures and degrades the layer of nature sounds. When the
human sound(s) finish playing (or you stop one), the nature sounds slowly
regain equilibrium, but their relationship to one another is permanently
altered. You can see a similiar process transpiring on the video screen with
the live 3D graphics.
For what purpose?
It is difficult for us to forsee the effects our actions will have on our
environment, several years in the future. Metanoic echos allows us to see and
hear how familiar sounds associated with human activity affect an auditory
ecosystem on a time-scale of minutes, instead of years.
The optimistic hope for a positive outcome to the current climate crisis is
reflected in the way the system always finds a way to realign itself, even
after it endures violence.
Metanoic Echos is a fairly complex installation from both a hardware and
software perspective. You can read more about our long journey at this companion
web site. You can also view a poster we created for the 2019 Society for
Music Theory national conference here.
Finally, you can view our successful grant application, which contains further
Building the Installation