Kaffe Matthews - Sonic Bed - London
  Year :   2005
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   Installation
  Materials:   4 x wooden side panels. 1 x flame retardant f
  Info :   South London Gallery

  Work Details  
  Sonic Bed is a purpose built portable venue which plays music that moves for the prone bodies of an audience, who can come lie in the bed alone or together. Sonic Bed is a sonic and social experiment exploring our perception of sound. It presents an oversized king-size bed which looks like a big wooden tank with steps to climb up to get in it. Visitors are invited to remove their shoes and come lie on and enjoy specially constructed pieces moving up and down and around their bodies. Subtle, dynamic, at times beyond hearing, Sonic Bed plays music to feel rather than just listen to. Sonic Bed is an instrument, to be played by anyone who is interested as well as commissioned composers to make pieces for it. To create this music, a specially developed software interface has been built by and is being developed in collaboration with David Muth through the Music for Bodies research. This approach allows the maker to literally draw and record sounds through the space of the speakers built into the beds frame and beneath the mattress whilst lying in it . Sonic Bed contains a 12 channel sound system meaning that 12 independent sources of sound can be playing and moving independently at any one time. Pieces for Sonic Bed are made by Kaffe Matthews in the first instance, followed by workshops to facilitate anyone interested or commissioned composers. It is intended that this will happen in 12 countries around the world, with a new localized bed being fabricated in each country using materials and craftspeople of that place. The first such version is Sonic Bed_Shanghai, launched at the Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai April 2006 as part of the British Council Sound and the City project. Sonic Bed is a unique art work, commissioned by Electra, supported by Arts Council of England and Women in Music, conceived and directed by Kaffe Matthews 2002 and realised in November 2005.