Celestial Sound Cloud
A beautiful digital sound and light installation hung from the trees or structures to create a space where audience discover a galaxy of voice and illumination.
How it works
When the audience move beneath eye sensors hidden in the cloud they will activate one part of a vocal harmony and a special light moment. Audience can trigger up to 5 movement sensors interacting with the cloud and dancing to play it like an instrument.
The sound is artist Eleanor Hooper’s voice, each sensor/light/audio unit emitting a single tone or melody that can be sustained or played like a rhythm by the audience – depending on how they wish to move. When all 5 notes are activated it will make a chord or a melody. There is a cycle of chords to stimulate different moods and atmospheres.
Where has it been?
Co-commissioned by KendalCalling and Walk The Plank in 2016 CSC has since toured to Winchester Cathedral/Woolly Hat Fair, Brilliant Vauxhall, and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea. Confirmed bookings at 2018 are Deershed, Greenbelt and Holmfirth Festivals.
Development in 2018
After 2 years of preliminary develpment and a new fat pack and daylight friendly sculptural form in 2017 we now wish to completely rebuild the technology with: Sensors that are easier for audinece to trigger; new processors that allow more stable running and future possibilities; a 6th “brain” that we operate live that can take more controls and sensors and change code, volume and sound groups on the fly. This is bit is the key step to allowing truly interactive rather than reactive behaviour in the sculpture.
We also wish to create a new 6.5m guyed “leg” so we can set up in more sites. We currently need 3 trees to quite tight specifications, this would reduce that to 2 or 2 rigging points on a building.
For The CelestialSoundCloud’s up and coming shows please see our dates page.
Where it comes from –
The Celestial Sound Cloud explores the relationship between nature and technology, and asks whether human symbiosis with technology can draw us closer to nature by play.
The fibre optics (supported by starscape) and movement sensors have been chosen to reflect technologies that are employed in our age towards actions/policies of fear and hope and subtly ask if we need to grasp for the stars in desperation of creating a new eden or can we keep our feet firmly planted on planet earth and playfully recover communication with our nature.
The Celestial Sound Cloud was originally commissioned in 2016 by Kendal Calling. At the debut we saw audience acting as we hoped, filtering in and out of the space creating new groups, moods ebbing and flowing and a creating a sense of beauty, discovery and the creation of a special space.