mirror point, wave of field
Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed.
Ellen Arkbro’s mirror point, wave of field is a sound installation commissioned by EMPAC for the 10YEARS celebration. Developed with EMPAC’s 550-speaker Wave Field Synthesis Modular Array, Arkbro’s installation uses holophonic sound to create an immersive audio environment populated by sonic structures that are invisible to the eye but can be approached in physical space.
As with much of Arkbro’s work, mirror point, wave of field explores subtle dimensions of harmony as they arise, move through physical space, and finally resolve back into silence. Working with the interdependence of space and sound, the installation will invite visitors one-by-one into the listening space to explore the ever-changing architecture of tone and chord, initially as an observer, and perhaps, after tuning in to the full nature of the situation, as an integral part of the sounding space itself.
Ellen Arkbro is a musical alchemist whose work oscillates between the pop music of the ’90s and the American minimalism of the ’60s, while exploring microtonal realms that blur the standard tunings and harmonies of Western music. Her practice takes the form of compositions for early-music ensembles as well as long-duration performances of synthesized dream music, including one piece composed to last 26 days. Her sound work is heavily informed by her studies in just intonation tuning with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in New York and with Marc Sabat in Berlin.