QUADRAPHONIC SOUND INSTALLATION

 
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LACMA’S MUSE ‘TIL MIDNIGHT - AUGUST 25, 2018

IMMERSE(D) LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 3, 2018

An immersive audio/visual installation featuring quadraphonic sound and corresponding audio-reactive video.

In this installation, four stations are set up in all corners of a space, each with a dedicated speaker and video monitor. Audio tracks are composed of four unique channels that are split among the speaker stations. For each track, a custom video piece is also split into four versions - each reacting to and visualizing its respective audio channel. The audio reactive video component further envelops the audience in the experience, while also highlighting the nuanced spatial composition of the sound. These video pieces were created by Alex Pelly using analog video synthesis and feedback.

Curated by KamranV and Frosty with a soundtrack including Suzanne Ciani’s comeback quadraphonic Buchla modular synth performance recording "LIVE Quadraphonic," Sun Ra's classic "Space is the Place," newly recovered quad tapes from Ed Michel's Impulse! Records archives, a quadraphonic field recording piece by dublab DJ George Jenson, and original quad compositions by $3.33 and Lucky Dragons. The Quadraphonic Sound installation has been exhibited at LACMA as part of their Muse ‘Til Midnight happening and as part of Immerse(d), an event series bringing together artists, scientists, practitioners and technologists to explore how deep immersive music can optimally impact us, individually and collectively.

See Quadraphonic Sound Installation from 00:04-00:13.

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Photos by Alex Mata.