BAR – sound installation, Bar Bursztynowy, Sopot, Poland, Crossactions Urban Tales.
Stereo condenser microphone set captured sounds inside Bar Bursztynowy in Sopot. All of that sounds where transmited live to wireless headphone sets placed outside the bar. Pedestrains were borrowing headphones and listening to the sound (the distance up to 100 m outside the bar). Live sounds were randomly mixed with another prerecorded sounds.
… Leibniz notes that memory, too has such a virtual existence. Our present expirience takes place against the backdrop of vast reservoir of memory, which for the most part, remains unconscious. Yet a photograph, a song or a chance encounter can draw a portion of this reservoir to actuality temporarily illuminting it and offering a glimpse of the totality.
This reservoir of memory contains not only particular momories or expieriences – traces of all the past events I have experienced – but everything to which those expieriences and memories are connected – namely the entirety of the past.
So, too what we call ‚white noise’ contains, in principle, all frequencies of sonic energy in a sort of dilated state such that no one element comes to the fore or draws out attention. In his book ‚Sound Ideas’ Aden Evans reminds us that :
Vibration do not disappear, but dissipate, echoing all the while, for energy is conserved. Every vibration, every sound, hangs in the air, in the room, in bodies. Sounds spried out, they become less and less contracted, they fuse, but they still remain, their energy of vibration moving the air and the wall in the room, makeing a noise that still tickles the strings of a violin playing weeks later. Every sound masks an entire history of sound, a cacophony of silence.**
If we accept Leibniz’s argument we hear each of this sound waves – past and present – but we hear them confusedly. Indeed, like man who lives near a watermill, this sounds remains background to us and constitutes what we call ‚silence’. Only the singularity of signals – speech or music, for example – stands out against this background, contrats of it, and renders sound clear and noticable.*
* Christoph Cox 2009 „Sound art and the Sonic Unconscoius” , „Oganised Sound” Cembridge University Press 2009.
** Aden Evans 2005 „Sound Ideas: Music, Machines, and Experience”. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.