This part-project is very much Joost Wijnen's baby. Joost is an experienced composer, engineer and designer of loudspeaker systems. We have some memories of incredibly clear, clean and crisp concerts here in the club - and we remember basses felt deep deep down in our bellies.
In this project however, we are not looking for a thruthful and realistic reproduction of sound signals. For this project we are using speakers as "instruments". And we hope to accomplish this by leaving the concepts of accuracy and realism far behind us.
Instead we are looking for ways of building speakers that acoustically modify/ torture/ enrich their sounds. To that end we are experimenting with all sorts of speaker types and additions. From dipole speakers, tubes, reverb plates to strings, springs and strange cabinet shapes and materials.
We expect that coupled with synthesizers these experimental speaker systems will lead to new and interesting ways of experiencing sounds. And when we have several of these hybrid electronic/acoustic "instruments" we will create a spatial setting with them, like an orchestra. Or better yet: as a sound garden where the sound colours are different wherever you scroll through this garden!
Composing music for this sound garden will be a challenge in itself, because the composer not only has the normal means of composition, like melodies, chord progressions and rythmns to his disposal, but the space distrubition of sounds adds a whole new dimension.
Various models are under construction. Already, experiments with a rotating speaker have started, which leads to effects ranging from spacious sound to whirlpool like sound mutilation.
This part-project is very much Joost Wijnen's baby. Joost is an experienced engineer and designer of loudspeaker systems. We have some memories of incredibly clear, clean and crisp concerts here in the club - and we remember basses felt deep deep down in our bellies.
But this project goes even deeper. The aim is to construct a number of loudspeaker-instruments and create a garden of spatial sound with these. This requires further explanation. Loudspeakers normally have limited frequency ranges in which they work best. Large bass speakers/subwoofers. Very small loudspeakers/tweeters. And medium-sized loudspeakers for the middle frequency range. Usually several of such speakers are combined in a hi-fi audio system. The design start point is sound/music reproduction to the highest accuracy. The sound/music heard should follow the composer's/player's work as closely as possible.
That is not what we are looking for now. We add "things" to loudspekers with the idea to acoustically modify/torture/enrich their
characteristics. Each type of loudspeaker will react to the (experimental) additions. Think of springs, strings, reverb plates, elastically hung cabinet walls, various cabinet materials, thicknesses and shapes, tube. And we will experiment with dipolarity, vertical speakers and whatver other weird ideas come to mind during the experiments.
We expect that the speakers we treat in this way will be especially suited, like musical instruments, for specific music and specific surroundings. When we have several of these "instruments", we will create a spatial setting for them, with the idea of evolving a sound garden, where the experience of the music is different wherever you stroll through this garden. It is also expected that we shall have to compose special music to play these instruments. We might need several synthesizers to allow optimal control of each loudspeaker-instrument.
Various models are under construction. Experiments have started on a so-called Leslie. A mid-range loudspeaker with a vertical sound beam lies on its back under a rotating more or less paranoklic reflector. The sound beam rotates. The sound is modified in two ways. The volume is modulated more or less sinusoidally. And at higher rotational speed, a Doppler effect becomes noticeable. The overall effect is reminiscent of Hammond organs, Leslies were actually used in these organs. We think that we can use such a Leslie in different ways, if we tailor the acoustic appendages.
Alex + Leslie (rotating speaker) ....