Tilman Kuntzel - THE SONIC WINDSOCKS
  Year :   1998
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   Outdoor Installation
  Materials:   Soundscape through wind intensity.
  Info :   Sound Symposium IX St. Johns, Newfoundland





 
  Work Details  
  I wanted to transmit the intensity of wind - that should not lack there - into acoustic incidents with it. As it should be as easy to realize as possible, I used egg-slicers that should ‘take the role’ of a ‘wind harp’ in the wind canal of the windsocks. The vibration of the fine strings should be caught with a contact microphone and made audible through an amplifier. The festival suggested the most suitable place for it: “Signal Hill”. Signal Hill owes its name to the towering position high above the natural harbour entrance that seems to be cut through the rocks; even in the Middle Ages flags gave signal when ships had been sighted. Different flags marked different goods that had been carried by the ships. Through this, all necessary preparations for the ships entering the harbour could be made in good time. Maybe this name was the reason that the place caught Guiseppe Marconi’s attention. But it is morelikely that the young physicist marked this point on the map because it is the easternmost point of Canada. His ambitious aim was to send radio signals from England across the ocean. He was the first person to manage this in December 1901. Signal Hill is also the place that honours the supposed discoverer of Canada1 - the seafarer John Carbot - with the “Carbot Tower”. In the year .... he declared Canada a British colony on behalf of the British Crown in St. John’s harbour.