Canterbury Festival - Singing Windows by Robert Jarvis
Tuesday 15 October until Sunday 3 November 2013
Singing Windows is a sound installation project for town centres, bringing together retailers, the general public and sound artist Robert Jarvis. Using Feonic audio technology, window fronts are able to function as loudspeakers capable of playing gentle sounds, affecting the street's atmosphere and enticing the unsuspecting general public.
The idea came to fruition in November 2012, as part of Canterbury Festival's Prosper initiative.
In The Garden Room you will be able to hear a special version of Singing Windows composed for Herne Bay’s Duchamp Festival. This version of the installation takes its inspiration from a musical composition conceived by Duchamp in 1913, where chance notes drawn from a hat determined the musical score. Originally the piece was a short vocal piece but then, later on that year, it was adapted for piano, retaining the same title of “Erratum Musical”.
The installation uses piano notes derived from chance procedure; however, on this occasion they are answered by the lyrical composed phrases of a nightingale – in a similar manner perhaps to the 1920s recordings of Beatrice Harrison who used to play her cello in her cottage garden whilst being accompanied by nightingale song. The installation juxtaposes these two audio ready-mades and a dialogue between the two sonic worlds ensues.
In The Colour & Camouflage gallery you will hear a recording of a male robin singing out to attract a potential mate.
Further information on Singing Windows can be found by visiting the website: www.singingwindows.com
Singing Windows is one of five ‘Prosper Adventures’, a Canterbury Festival initiative designed and produced by The Map Consortium and Workers of Art.
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