- Fujui Wang
I imagine the sound that changes over time as the clouds drifting in the sky, merging and separating, appearing and disappearing. It shows hardly concrete meanings. However, I enjoy the whole process of imagination.
Sound is invisible. It is not a medium but a vibration through a medium such as air or water. However, if we regard sound as a medium, we can therefore record, transmit, transform, and present it in different forms and ways. Recorded sound is detached from the place where it was produced. The sound per se is then transformed into a sound object through the electrical currents and the set of speakers. In addition, the sound is combined with other media in an interdisciplinary manner.
As a medium, whether self-developed, catalytic, or heterogeneously blended, sound evolves with the changes of time and space. A subject or an object, whatever sound may be, the artist tries to find the possibilities for sound from its evolution. The State of Sound seeks to present the state of a series of sound experiments ranging from the automatic sound devices to the derivative electronic instruments. The exhibition also explores the possibility for images through audio frequency, the sound space created by light and physical vibration, and the heterogeneity between auditory and visual senses. Adopting an intuitive, open-minded attitude, the artist tries to explore unknown possibilities for sound with his unconventional ideas.
In Sound Watch, the shape of an eye is reminiscent of the imagery of peeping. The “eye” is in fact an object that creates sound. The object appears tiny in the exhibition room. However, the sound it creates surprisingly resounds throughout the room. The sound represents the feedback generated by the approach of the microphone to the speaker. The superimposition of the received and enlarged sound makes immense resonance. Meanwhile, the continuously changing volume of the sound resembles the buzzing of insects.
The audio signals are connected to the image input port of the television. The image on the screen shows various abstract linear patterns due to the vibration of audio frequency. Previously, creators tended to apply pre-set sound sequences to create synchronous sound and images. In Seeing Sound, the artist tries to create various possibilities for images through frequency variation or mixing. Accordingly, it is a visual installation that produces images with inaudible sound.
Noise Machine is a project consists of a series of home-made electronic instruments, circuit bending, hardware hackers, and analog errors. The installation combines a sequence generator with an audio oscillator under the influence of circuit bending. The uncertain electronic frequencies and the changing rhythms interfere with each other. Energy is therefore liberated from the electronic sound created by primitive technology when the flow of energy is not completely controllable.
Noise Tube is a mechanical noise improvisation in which the machine generates and emancipates itself through false computing. Due to the disturbance of electrical noise, the vibrating chip in the tube continuously creates noise of different frequencies. Meanwhile, the random fluctuation in electrical signals also disturbs the function of the chip. The situation implies an endless self-disturbance of the machine, which evolves toward perpetual disorder. The randomness is caused by the uncontrolled state of electrical noise rather than digital computing.
The fluctuation and vibration of energy, electrical noise, and audio frequencies continuously resonate, reverberate, and radiate in the tube. The power is increasing but remains encapsulated in the tube, which leads to the implosion and variation of sound. It conveys an overwhelming and closed message that triggers our innermost sensory perception.
The string-like rays of light puncture the darkness of the exhibition room. The viewers’ bodies shuttle between the giant resonance box and pluck the strings of light. The interaction among human bodies, light, and metal springs creates sound that echoes through the room. The gentle motion of human bodies can generate unexpectedly immense resonance.