Daisuke Ishida

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA in the sun (2010)

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA in the sun (2010)

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA (SWO) is a participatory sound performance project that has been shown at various exhibitions since 2002, for both long and short periods of time []. Ken Furudate, Kazuhiro Jo, Daisuke Ishida, and Mizuki Noguchi have served as the core organizers of the project. Under the basic concept that each participant plays a sine wave, people are invited to create a sea of sine waves as a collective sound representation.

In 1822, Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, a French mathematician, discovered that sine waves could be used as basic pieces to form nearly any periodic sound in the world. Based on his theory, we regard each sine wave as a person and the collective sound representation as a community. The interferences and resonances of sine waves depict the relationships of the participants.

Building upon the series of work, the core organizers of The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA have premiered “The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA in the sun” at Der Glas-Pavillon im Schlossgarten as a part of Internationaler Museumstag in the collaboration with The Edith Russ Site for Media Art and Klangpol, in Oldenburg, Germany on 16th May 2010.

The essence of the piece is a set of devices that translate the progression of the sun into the spatiality of sound. Each device consists of a solar panel which actuates an oscillator which then produces a sine wave through a speaker. The amount of light picked up by the solar panel regulates the volume – the objects only play a sine wave when exposed to strong light (e.g. sunlight).

If there is no light, there is no sound. According to the movement of the light, the collective sound representation transforms its resonance. During a day, the installation will vary from phases when each sine wave is discriminable (e.g. at sunrise), through sound clusters consisting of mutually interfering sine waves when exposed to direct sunlight, to silence (e.g. at sunset, or when the sun was covered with clouds).

Each participant who enters the space should choose a location for a new device and will face the collective sound of the sine waves produced by the irradiated objects which have already been placed. The sine waves produced by each participant, accumulate over the exhibition period of the piece.

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA in the sun was developed at Edith Russ Site, supported by Stiftung Niedersachsen work stipends for Media Art 2009 at Edith Russ Site for Media Art.
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