Sound Tree

Gatt, Michael [Composer] and Smith, Stuart [Designer] (2015) Sound Tree. Make||Sound Festival. .


Sound Tree is a 17 channel audio installation which consists of a wooden tree like sculpture with 16 small speakers and a separate sub unit. The intention was to create a sound world devoid of any sounds normally associated with a tree or nature. Instead some of the electronic sounds mimic these stereotypical sounds. There are a total of four sound types within this installation: electronic raindrops, cycles, drones and sweeps. These sound types are then grouped in seven different stages so that an evolving atmosphere can be created. The stages are triggered by a markov chain that randomly selects the next stage depending on the current sounds being played. Thus, a never ending, but nevertheless convincing, sound environment is created.

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