Dynamic sculpture and multi-channel sound composition | Sarah-Leith Izzard, Karin Senff and Rollerchimp

In response to the ever present noise of construction at University of Technology, Sydney, this installation aimed to transform 'sonic pollution' into an evocative surround sound composition and dynamic sculpture.

Construction noises were recorded at a series of building sites surrounding the university. These sounds became the sonic palette for the fifteen minute long soundscape composed by Sarah-Leith in a 9.1 channel surround sound format.

Ferrofluid, rhythmically charged by eight industrial strength electromagnets, was used to build dynamic sculptural forms in response to the sonic composition. Thus noise pollution, the unwanted by-product of building construction (macro), was transformed into it's own generative seed of construction (micro).

The soundscape was interpreted by a custom Max/MSP program which drove the electromagnets via an Arduino micro-controller and electronic circuits hand built by Karin Senff and Andrew Bluff (aka Rollerchimp).

Ferrofluid is an oil which contains minuscule iron particles which react to the magnetic fields generated by the electromagnets, forming fluid three dimensional structures in response to the sound composition.