Using wind to make sound

What other technical skills did this project require?

We had to hire an arborist to consultant on installation of the work so high up in trees. Since the wind chimes were permanently hung above, we wanted to make sure we designed and fabricated a system so the chimes and the Touch Board wouldn’t get blown away by the wind and hurt someone below. In the end, we ended up drilling into the tree to properly mount the chimes and electronics.

Listening to the Wind Chimes sounds provokes a nostalgic and mysterious feeling. What did you want to observe and study through this soundscape?

The electronic compositions for Wind Chimes were an investigation into the sound of the wind and pink noise. I was very influenced by the pairing of pink noise and wind chimes to aid in sleep and relaxation. So, for the compositions, I wanted to take the “wind” in “wind chime” very literally and try to produce electronic sounds that echo the whistle of wind moving. Each of the three tracks in the album release reflect this, but also call for a moment of relax.

Do you have any future plans that you’d like to share with us?

I am working on a new work titled INTERCOM that will premiere as an outdoor sound installation in October of 2016 at RadioRevelten International Festival of Radio Art in Halle/Salle, Germany. The work will include an installation of a custom intercom network mounted outside the front door entrance of the building and on each floor of the building. The INTERCOM system will allow for open communication and playback of on-hold original compositions.

You can check another project made by Jeff Kolar and Jon Cates, where they used radio as their medium for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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Photo credits: Jeff Kolar