Sound Fountains in the Chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park image credit Jonty Wilde

 Sound Fountains

Sound Fountains brings together the artist’s research from the last ten years. Sound waves move through water allowing the spectator to experience the sight of sound. This is an interactive installation, which enables the audience to trigger different sound sequences, build their own soundscapes and explore the waveforms made on the water surface within steel vessels (pools of water).

Dates shown – November 2011 at Nottingham Contemporary, July 2012 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, October 2013 at The Yard Gallery Wollaton Park, Nottingham

During her residency with MRL the artist has been working with PD tools in order to test and explore the new possibilities that the interface offers – using data as a live stream that is then presented and performed in real time and space.

We have experimented with the WordPress plug in (Timestreams) to allow live recordings of CO2 levels to trigger sounds to be sent through the Sound Fountains.

We are using PD tools to take data from a sensor on Hastings pier in connection with Brendan Walker’s Project ‘Storm In A Teacup’. The constantly changing wave data will trigger different sounds, sent through the Sound Fountains creating new waveforms on the water surface in a gallery far removed from the sea.

We will explore and develop new ways for direct and live interaction with the Sound Fountains using PD tools. For example – considering the use of data from weather stations in connection with Rachel Jacob’s project ‘The Prediction Machine’ and taking heart rate readings or using brainwaves from audience members to trigger sounds live.

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Artist: Caroline Locke

Team: Noel Murphy (programmer), Paul Tennent , Holger Schnädelbach