A tactile canebrake: transforming a natural element in a sound source

I took a recording of a cane from a canebrake (Arundo Donax) continuously swept by wind. This recording was then filtered in order to turn its noise, from time to time, into a particular frequency. Eight different versions of the soundfile were created. These eight soundfiles were loaded into eight different Micro-SD cards, feeding Vibe-Tribe Troll 2.0 battery-powered vibration speakers. The speakers were attached to eight different dried canes, planted into the soil as to form an artificial sound canebrake.

The installation, called Canneto Sonante (“sounding canebrake”) could be experienced by listening to the polyphony created by the different canes, by putting one’s ear onto the canes (listening to a particular internal background resonance, peculiar to each cane), or touching one or more canes at the same time for a tactile experience.

Made for Imagonirmia Prize Residency in Chiaravalle/Milano (Italy), June 2016.

You can follow the making of this work by reading these three posts:

Sounding Canebrake, I

Sounding Canebrake, II

Sounding canebrake, III

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