Reflections in Real Spaces

On Monday 23rd May 2016, a set of pops and clicks were played into the Hackney Round Chapel through a loudspeaker. 3 microphones were spaced evenly within the chapel to record the resulting reflections and ambience simultaneously. A slow crossfade between the three recordings leads to a zooming out, away from the original sound source, revealing more and more of both the acoustics of the space and the ambient sounds leaking in from the main road just outside. Or, if made in reverse, a slow zooming in towards the sound source leaving the ambient sounds behind and reducing the level of reflections until we hear only the original pops and clicks.

Inspired by John Lely’s The Harmonics of Real Strings.