The title of this work is derived from an E. E. Cummings poem—evoking imagery of twilight as a vast spatial canvas for birdsong and a zone of spiritual reflection. In the work I wanted to create the sense of intimate fusion between the sculpting and interaction of sound figures and the notion of surrounding air as tangible space in itself. I was inspired by the idea of sounds, as spectral forms, leaving gestural traces that continually give definition to an emerging spatial architecture. As such, Inventing Air aims to project a structure in which a set of spatially and sonically rich material is continuously reinvented and recontextualised. Inventing Air and Smoke and Mirrors together make a sequence entitled 'Forms of Space' in which Inventing Air is the first of the pair. It presents a highly articulate field of surround sound to stimulate awareness of the space around the listener from which more recognisable, naturalistic sounds will emerge in Smoke and Mirrors.
The 24 sound files are in 48kHz/24bit format. The spatial configuration of the loudspeaker array for this work is appended as a pdf.
Citation : Young, J. (2013) Inventing Air, 24 channel electroacoustic composition.
Research Group : Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre
Research Institute : Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)
- School of Arts