(project in progress)
site-specific sound and light installation/performance
amplified flute, bassoon, trombone, viola and distributed speakers(16+1), neon lighting
Binaural Audio - Please listen with headphones
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Bilkent Composition Electroacoustic Studio
Flute - Cem Önertürk
Bassoon - Ozan Evruk
Trombone - Cem Güngör
Viola - Deniz Çaglarcan (www.denizcaglarcan.com)
Audio Engineer - Özgün Tuncer
About the Piece
Wunderkammer is an ongoing project (ca. 40') which I have been producing for a
specific site (second floor of the music building at Bilkent University), since September, 2018.
This site-specific sound and light installation/performance is based on my memory of the acoustics of the site perceived as a non-place. Since I have been thinking about this project, the most lasting idea is that I should create such a space that I can feel free while I am giving attention to the boundaries.
I assume this work as a production rather than just a composition. Therefore, I initially worked on the overall idea and organization of the production. I begin with putting the facts, boundaries on the table. Defining these boundaries led me to create a bendable
space which I can imply my current ideas. At the end, the production process is manifesting itself during the moment.
Imitating the Site
In order to work in a logical manner, I had to understand the physical realities about the site, regarding sound. Therefore, I tried to imitate the behaviour of the sound in the site. I ended up with creating a binaural environment which partially imitate the acoustics of the
building from the perspective of two ears positioned at the center.
I created an interface includes sixteen convolution reverbs, HOA library, ICST ambisonics, ableton live and some patches that I created. This interface led me to hear sounds which are filtered by the imitated acoustics of the site while I am writing the piece. At the same time, I can export the piece which is mixed and mastered for both binaural setup and 16+1 setup which was planned to distribute according to the site, regarding the practicality.
Therefore, I decided to produce two products that serve each other: 1-The performance itself 2-the binaural version of the performance for the album and the documentation of the project.
I am using scrolling score as a notation interface in order to create an efficient environment for performers while I can create a fixed scenario including live electronics and fixed tracks. In order to be flexible with transferring the ideas to the performers, I used both traditional notation and tablature notation. In both cases, I am also trying to
preserve the nature of the improvisation in a micro level.
Besides being a site-specific, Wunderkammer is also a person-specific work. All of the performers work or study at the site. This situation has been creating an efficient collaboration for the sake of workflow. The advantages of hearing the final product in a short time led me to compose during the production.