immersive ambisonic multichannel installation and live performance
ongoing project series, duration and dimensions variable
entangled explores the nonhuman worlds of the Amazon rainforest, focusing on the fascinating complexity of the continuous sonic flow created by insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fish, plant species, soil, water and the weather.
The work facilitates a profound, active and sustained listening experience, cultivating intimate sensory encounters in which affectivity is favoured over signification and representation. The listener-participants find themselves in almost total darkness, without images or objects, within a sound field generated by a multichannel sound system.
The work is a durational composition made from several hundred hours of environmental sound materials recorded in terra firme and flooded forest (várzea) ecosystems within the territories of the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves in the central Brazilian Amazon. The fieldwork was carried out over two months in the dry season of 2015, in collaboration with local inhabitants.
entangled is experienced as a series of immersive installations and live performance events, featuring variable sonic materials and extended durations. The project uses higher-order Ambisonics, a set of spatial audio techniques that facilitate the use of a variety of multichannel setups and exhibition spaces.
EXHIBITION AND LIVE PERFORMANCE HISTORY
– Museo Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, 7.11.2020 | concert, 16.2 multichannel setup
– Festival de Tardor, Phonos, Barcelona, 29.09.2020 | concert, 15.1 multichannel setup
– Audiorama, Geiger Festival, Gothenburg, 27.09.2019 | concert, 24.2 multichannel setup
– Sonorities Festival, Belfast, 23-28 November 2016 | installation, 8.1 multichannel setup
– EARSHOTS!, One Hundred Years Gallery, London, 10.09.2016 | concert, quadraphonic setup
– Sonic Environments, NIME/ACMC, IMERSD, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, 10-11 July 2016 | installation, 8.1 multichannel setup
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, CREDITS AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT
Supported by: Mamirauá Institute (Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil); Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen´s University Belfast; Santander Mobility Award; Laboratory of Acoustics and Sonic Arts (LASom), Music Department of the Institute of Arts at State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) (São Paulo); T-37 (Madrid); Sound and Music (UK); Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Special thanks to Silvia Jánošková, Maria Cecília Gomes and the field specialists, researchers, staff, and everyone who helped in Tefé and the riverine communities of Baré, Boa Esperança, Jarauá, and Horizonte, within the Amanã and Mamirauá territories in Amazônia.