Sound Installation: Bursfelde Resonances by Martin Slawig
a special event as part of Edgy Media, Hallway, Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts
The Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Laboratory is pleased to present Martin Slawig’s sound installation Bursfelde Resonances as part of the symposium Feedback #4: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts. March 1, 2019 6pm - 10pm
Bursfelde Variations is the title of a collection of sound pieces created by Martin Slawig, Elke Utermöhlen, and Brent Lee. The project began with a chance visit to the Bursfelde Abbey in Germany, built in 1093. We were struck by the unusual and very resonant acoustic, and also made aware of the possibility of a short residency. In the summer of 2018 we made a series of recordings in the abbey which we later mixed and processed to create an album with nine tracks; the album will be digitally released in 2019.
One of Martin’s sound experiments implements an algorithm that plays white noise into a space, records the resulting sound in the space, and then plays the newly recorded sound back into the space. With each recording iteration, the resonant frequencies of the space emerge a bit more from the white noise, much in the manner of Alvin Lucier’s piece I am sitting in a room. This concept is very adaptable to new spaces; Martin has called this installation Bursfelde Resonances in reference to the original acoustic space. For this installation, each iteration of white noise lasts twenty seconds; after ten iterations, the cycle begins again with pure white noise. – BL