An essay on
sound
 

An essay on sound,

lenguage,

lenguage,

and its visual representation.

and its visual representation.

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DIALOGO is the encounter of two voices which nurture the beginning of a conversation.

An unintelligible conversation, with no defined lenguage, based on sound art.

 

DIALOGO is the encounter of two voices which nurture the beginning of a conversation.

An unintelligible conversation, with no defined lenguage, based on sound art.

 

SOUND REFERENCES

SOUND REFERENCES

‘LEXICAL MUSIC’ Charles Amirkhanian. 1980 

‘LEXICAL MUSIC’ Charles Amirkhanian. 1980 

‘Lexical music' (1980) is a masterpiece within the text-sound poetry scene. Amirkhanian explores how the nature of language is modified through repetition by creating meaningless sentences within a hypnotic rhythm. The New York Times defined him as an “expert at the sort of things his imitators do not do half so well as he”.

LEXICAL MUSIC is a masterpiece within the text-sound poetry scene. Amirkhanian explores how the nature of language is modified through repetition by creating meaningless sentences within a hypnotic rhythm.

‘ZWISCHEN’ Jan Jelinik. 2018.

‘ZWISCHEN’ Jan Jelinik. 2018.

With songs titles as inspiring as “John Cage, I've been told to ask the following question: Where are you going?", Jan Jelenik presents in 'Zwischen' (‘Between’) a collage based on excerpts of interviews with public figures, from which he isolates the spaces between words as well as the non-verbal sounds emitted by the interviewee, thus creating new acoustic structures.

With songs titles as inspiring as “John Cage, I've been told to ask the following question: Where are you going?", Jan Jelenik presents in 'Zwischen' (‘Between’) a collage based on excerpts of interviews with public figures, from which he isolates the spaces between words as well as the non-verbal sounds emitted by the interviewee, thus creating new acoustic structures.

Two voices,
two dualities:

Two voices,
two dualities
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Technology and Nature.
Chaos and Order.

Technology and Nature.
Chaos and Order.

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TECHNOLOGY

Programming routines and improvisation.
Patterns within chaos.
Technology glows, it’s light.

We built 4 devices which are able to translate human voice into movement.

Programming routines and improvisation. Patterns within chaos. Technology glows, it’s light.


We built 4 devices which are able to translate human voice into movement.

RESEARCH OF MATERIALS

RESEARCH OF MATERIALS

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PROTOTYPING

PROTOTYPING

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FIRST TEST ∿ Deformation of a surface according to the intensity of sound.

FIRST TEST ∿ Deformation of a surface according to the intensity of sound.

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FINAL RESULT ∿ Spining Mirror (2020)

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NEONDA (2020)

Testing the flexibility of the neon.

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Structure for visualising spectrograms. Nine engines organised in a 3x3 grid to deform a surface.

Structure for visualizing spectrograms. 9 engines organized in a 3X3 grid to control and deform a surface.

First movement test with Arduino.

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SS ≋ SOUND SURFACE (2020)

SHOOTING PROCESS

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⟝ The voice creates a waveform

⟝ The recorded voice creates a waveform.

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⟝ The waveforms are translated into animation curves

⟝ The waveforms are translated into animation curves.

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⟝ The animation curves control the different engines, thus resulting in the representation of sound

⟝ The animation curves control the different engines, thus resulting in the representation of sound.

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NO ≋ NEONDA (2020)

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SS ≋ SOUND SURFACE (2020)

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dB ≈ RPM. 


Sound intensity (dB) connected with neon rotation speed (RPM).

RESEARCH

RESEARCH

Possibly the first known sound sculptor. She first appeared in a 1960’s book by the German musicologist Fritz Winckle.  

Possibly the first known sound sculptor. She first appeared in a 1960’s book by the German musicologist Fritz Winckle.

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Fritz Winckel. 3D Spectrogram (1960)

Fritz Winckel. 3D Spectrogram (1960)

Andreas Fischers. Data Sculptures (2008)

Andreas Fischers. Data Sculptures (2008)

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Although this sculpture represents data —the worldwide gross domestic product—, it may also be “read”· as a spectrogram.  

Although this sculpture represents data —the worldwide gross domestic product—, it may also be “read” as a spectrogram.  

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This is the voice of nature and order, or the control of what cannot be controlled.

From a poetic point of view, the voice connects language with the classical elements of nature (🜁air, 🜂fire, 🜃earth, and 🜄water) through concepts such as graphic notations and sound sculptures.



This is the voice of nature and order, or the control of what cannot be controlled.

From a poetic point of view, the voice connects language with the classical elements of nature (🜁air, 🜂fire, 🜃earth, and 🜄water) through concepts such as graphic notations and sound sculptures.



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RESEARCH

RESEARCH

Excerpt from the documentary 'PEN POINT PERCUSSION' Norman McLaren (1951)

Frame from the documentary 'Pen Point Percussion', Norman McLaren (1951)

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Excerpt from the documentary 'PEN POINT PERCUSSION' Norman McLaren (1951)

Frame from the documentary 'Pen Point Percussion', Norman McLaren (1951)

Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren

He used the film’s surface to draw the shapes and sounds in the reel itself, thus creating a relationship between images and sound.

 

He used the film’s surface to draw the shapes and sounds in the reel itself, thus creating a relationship between images and sound.

John Cage

John Cage

He created graphic notations in which the score is outside any norm.

For instance, the map of New York is transformed into a score which is performed through the distance between the lines.

He created graphic notations in which the score is outside any norm.

For instance, the map of New York is transformed into a score which is performed through the distance between the lines.

John-Cage

49 WALTZES FOR THE FIVE BOROUGHS. John Cage, 1977

John Cage: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs, 1977

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NOTATIONS. John Cage, 1970

Notations. John Cage, 1970

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William Hellermann. 2011. Visible Music (THE SCORE AS A SORE TO BE RUBBED)

William Hellermann. 2011. Visible Music (THE SCORE AS A SORE TO BE RUBBED)

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Eugenia Balcells.
Flight, 1981

Eugenia Balcells.
Flight, 1981

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This is one of the main theories regarding the origin of language, and addresses its most primitive stage. According to this theory, the imitation of sounds in nature is the starting point for the creation of phonemes in the first human languages.

This is one of the main theories regarding the origin of language, and addresses its most primitive stage. According to this theory, the imitation of sounds in nature is the starting point for the creation of phonemes in the first human languages.

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In order to “organise water”, we test how different patterns are created by changing the frequencies of the different phonemes. 

In order to “organize water”, we test how different patterns are created by changing the frequencies of the different phonemes. 

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Water bending by accumulation

Agua curvandose por acumulación

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Earth becomes clay, fire transforms clay into ceramic, and ceramic into a phoneme.

Earth becomes clay, fire transforms clay into ceramic, and ceramic into a phoneme.

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Ceramic baking process

Ceramic baking process

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Modular system of clay-made phonemes

Modular system of clay-made phonemes

The passing of time in nature (freezing, rotting, etc.) is connected to the time of sound reproduction. This bond creates relationships between human emotions, language and nature.  

The passing of time in nature (freezing, rotting, etc.) is connected to the time of sound reproduction. This bond creates relationships between human emotions, language and nature.

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Rotting process of a tulip on a scanner

Rotting process of a tulip on a scanner.

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Research of a rose’s freezing process

Research of a rose’s freezing process.

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The air raises some petals so that they describe the sound wave of a phoneme, resulting in a graphic equalizer.

The air raises some petals so that they describe the sound wave of a phoneme, resulting in a graphic equalizer.

These representations link images to sounds with which they do not match, creating new associations, evocations and the perception of the same feeling through different senses:

These representations link images to sounds with which they do not match, creating new associations, evocations and the perception of the same feeling through different senses:

SYNAESTHESIA

SYNAESTHESIA

Our small tribute to Humboldt, father of ecology. 

Our small tribute to Humboldt, father of ecology. 

 dialogue begins

 dialogue begins

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CREDITS
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DIALOGO has been filmed mixing stop-motion and live-action.

The shooting and building of props and machines took place in our set-workshop in Madrid.

No 3D has been used.

DIALOGO has been filmed mixing stop-motion and live-action.

The shooting and building of props and machines took place in our studio—workshop in Madrid.

No 3D has been used.

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Direction BLO QUE

Concept, photography direction, and production design BLO QUE

Soundscapes
Banjo Soundscapes

 

 


Directed by BLO QUE

Concept, direction of photography, and production design by BLO QUE

Sound & Music by Banjo Soundscapes

Special thanks: 

Bureau Mad, Iván Llopis, Elim Rufat, Lorenzo PUY, Koke, Fransen et Lafite & Foilco.

Special Thanks: 

Bureau Mad, Iván Llopis, Elim Rufat, Lorenzo PUY, KOKE, Fransen et Lafite & Foilco

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More info and dishonest proposals: hola@bloque.studio

More info and dishonest proposals: hola@bloque.studio