New sound installations in Klankenbos
On Saturday, November 23 Musica introduced two new installations in Klankenbos to an audience from home and abroad. Curvices, from the Dutch composer and poet Rozalie Hirs, is an app in which sound, poetry and animation are combined. The user decides what he or she sees and hears by moving through Klankenbos . Windribbon is another new installation in the collection of Klankenbos, it is an artwork of the American sound art pioneer Leif Brush.
Curvices (2013) is an audiovisual smart phone app that accompanies you on a walk through Klankenbos. As you move from place to place, you help to determine the progression of the music and poetry. As you explore the area you will discover sounds and words and travel through the woods in as long or short a journey as you wish to make. For Curvices, Cox & Grusenmeyer take on the role of lighting designers. They’ve taken care of a custom made light show for the sound walk of Rozalie Hirs. In close collaboration with the artists, Yvan Vander Sanden made all their artistic wishes come true by programming the app.
With this artistic and technical feat, Musica integrates a completely new form of sound art into Klankenbos . The app can be downloaded for free, for Android- and iOS-devices.
The collection was further expanded with the work of a pioneer in the field of sound art : the American Leif Brush. It is a long brass strip 0.8 mm thick and 1 cm wide, stretched taut between two trees. As its name suggests, the wind makes the Windribbon vibrate, and is also influenced by acoustic vibrations, rain and snow.
Revision of some installations
The sound installations Klankenbos are facing all kinds of weather, day in and day out. Although the works are built robustly, after several years some of them were due for revision. Three installations received a maintenance: Houses of Sound ( Pierre Berthet ) , Oor van Noach ( Robert Lambermont) and Kanariestudio ( Paul Panhuysen) . Berthet and Lambermont slightly changed the concept of their work.
Nowadays, Klankenbos sounds better than ever: time to visit it!
© Marc Ras