Francisco Lopez - The Acousmatic Rooms
  Year :   1998
  Location :   Spain
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Installed numerous times until 2001. Madrid, Rotterdam, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Leipzig

  Work Details  
  The Acousmatic Rooms are a series of sound installations that try to forcefully express my purist approach to sound matter perception. Under this conception, any referential (relational, documentative, symbolic...) or complementary (visual, functional...) elements represent dissipative agents that drastically and unavoidably affect the experience andpossibilities of pure profound listening. The Acousmatic Room is typically an enclosed, empty, dark space with a multiple stereo sound projection system, where no sources of sounds (nor any other visual elements) can be seen. Digital sources of sounds (DATs and/or CDs) are played back through equipment placed in an adjacent room or in a hidden separated space within the room. Speakers and wires are also covered behind false walls of black fabric that re-define the empty space of the room. Depending on the characteristics of the installation, the room can be: (i) completely dark; the audience walk slowly or stand still; (ii) with a very dim light and matresses, where people lay on the floor blindfolded (this requires a bigger space). In either case, the entrance must necessarily have two/three successive thick black curtains, to minimize light interferences from the outside when people enter or leave the space. The room must obviously be as acoustically isolated as possible (windows covered with foam or similar, no noisy surroundings, etc.).Accessed 15.11.06 from