Karlheinz Essl - ULURU
  Year :   2004
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   generative sound scape
  Materials:   -
  Info :   for the exhibition SPIRIT and VISION - Aboriginal Art

  Work Details  
  Part of the legendary DREAMTIME Aboriginal Art exhibition was a painting and dance performance given by Aboriginal people from the Australian bush at the Essl Collection on 20 May 2001. The sculpture garden was transformed into the scene of a ritual in which dance, action-painting and music were combined to form a stirring Gesamtkunstwerk with nary a trace of esoteric folklore kitsch. Composer Karlheinz Essl used a sound recording of this event and original recordings from the Australian bush as the basis for his sound installation ULURU, the title referring to the Aboriginal peoplesí sacred mountain (Ayers Rock). He developed a computer program (written in Max/MSP) based on the paradigm of granular synthesis which uses a randomised process to fragment sound material into minuscule atoms of sound. Generative composition algorithms combine these sound particles into a continuous real-time sound flow whose unpredictable evolution undergoes continuous permutations. Although the time structure of the original sound is completely unravelled by this process, its unique aura (in the sense of Walter Benjamin) is preserved. And yet, this aura is no longer rigidly tied to a particular object, but has turned into a free-flowing entity that can become part of the most diverse new combinations: alchemy of sound... For the exhibition SPIRIT and VISION - Aboriginal Art, on show at the Essl Collection from 1 April 2004, real-time generated sonic particles will be projected into the Rotunda hall via four loudspeakers. Reflected by the curving wall, they will merge into atmospheric soundscapes that invite visitors to enter into a spiritual world that lies far beyond our European horizon.Accessed 10.12.06 from http://www.essl.at