Hsinchu, Taiwan… Quiet Please!, an exhibition of Sound Art and Interactive Design is a collection of work which attempts to change or perception of how we view and interact with music and sound. This exhibition created by Canadian Clark MacLeod and a small team of local artists will be featured at Hsinchu Railway Art House from January 8 through January 22, 2005.
Sound art challenges fundamental divisions between visual art and music. Works of sound art play on the fringes of our often-unconscious aural experience of a world dominated by the visual. This work addresses our ears in surprising ways: it is not strictly music, or noise, or speech, or any sound found in nature, but often includes, combines, and transforms elements of all of these. Sound art sculpts sound in space and time, reacts to environments and reshapes them, and frames ambient “found” sound, altering our concepts of space, time, music, and noise.
Tangible interfaces allow us to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information and computation, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible.
Sound and information space dominate the mode of hearing of the twentieth century, and their dialectic has only recently begun to evolve a third mode of hearing, the soundscape. Music from Russolo to Cage strips itself of inessentials (melody, harmony, counterpoint) to encompass all hearing, transferring your mode of listening to the sounds of the world. Information structures, movie soundtracks, the temporal and public functions of broadcasting: in the audiovisual media, the dialectic of music and information has produced the multichannel soundscape as a novel synthesis, the kind of land in which music and dialogue are reduced to sound effects and the sound approaches parity with the image. Soundscapes generated by the network help illustrate the the silent organic network lifeform.
Quiet Please! is part of a broader project at the Industrial Technnology Research Institute called Sme(n)ms: Shared Musical Environment for Non-Musicians. Sme(n)ms is an investigation into the creation of collaborative environments that will allow for the ongoing sharing and creation of sound events (music). The goal of such systems is to provide an easily understood yet malleable environment that allows for creative expression and communication at a rich level.
Quietplease! was Clark MacLeod, a Canadian designer and musician living in Asia. He is joined by a talented group of Taiwanese artists Celia Shih, Chentai Chen, Tsang-Han Lee, and Jia-Shen Weng to create new ways to view and interact with sound and music.