WFC Arts & Events Program
|Along the Hudson River waterfront, Sam Auinger and Bruce Odland create an installation that transforms the ambient soundscape of the World Financial Center Plaza into a resonant environment. Three u-shaped tuning tubes, ranging from 8 to 18 feet in overall length, are wired with microphones and suspended over the North Cove of the harbor with switches at different levels that are activated by rising tides. As the tubes collect and filter ambient noise - from docking commuter ferries, helicopter and jet traffic, and car horns to waves, birds, and breezes off the Hudson - they convert it simultaneously into music by generating, in the artists' words, an "overtone series of perfect harmonic proportions." Five custom-designed cube loudspeakers mix the overtones in real-time and radiate the sound in all directions.
O+A's title alludes to the interconnectedness of tidal and lunar cycles, specifically, to a blue moon, two full moons in one month, which we will experience in July 2004. Blue Moon transports listeners, reminding us of the inherent temporal cycles of the broader bio-sphere in which we live; attuning us to the quotidian sounds on which we may not otherwise focus; and offering us new perspectives on our environment.
Blue Moon is presented in conjunction with New Sound, New York, a citywide festival organized by The Kitchen and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, and presented by Time Out New York. For more information on the festival visit www.timeoutny.com/nsny.