Sonic Boom Booms: Travel Through Sound
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This PhD research project investigates the phenomenological affect of the sonic object. Through a multi-disciplinary body of work composed of installation, performance, and recorded sound work, I interrogate the vibratory transference of affect through the medium of sound. The research was conducted in various locations throughout the world, where I worked as an artistic nomad in residencies within the human defined borders of India, Nepal, China, Finland, Iceland, Spain, and Australia throughout my candidature. Through the manipulation of found objects, my installation work examined the visual and sonic aesthetics of the various geographical locations I was experiencing through my journey. The addition of hand built circuitry and electronic apparatus created sonic vibration to the apparent static objects; in turn generating affective synchronic resonances between the work and its audience. My performances attempted to extend the possibilities of creating meaningful connections between audience and sound-generating technological object-hood. I explored different roles of both the object and audience in this work, examining the possibilities of interaction and engagement. The methods of instigating participation from the audience were always enhanced by sonic vibration. My recorded sound works delved deeper in the physiological and psychological affect of pure sonic vibration. Throughout the research project, notions of value were constantly questioned, as I utilised discarded objects and selected sonic frequencies that moved beyond any systemised standardisation of taste, exploring sound for its affective qualities that encouraged deep listening to find the harmony among the noise.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Queensland Colege of Art
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Sound-generating technological object-hood