Resonant Bodies

Written by caroline

I have spent the past three months as Sound Artist in Residence at V&A Museum. Prof Eric de Visscher of V&A Research Institute (VARI) has commissioned me to make a work for a case of 19th century classical Indian instruments in the South Asia Gallery of the V&A Museum.

Throughout the residency period, I developed Resonant Bodies – a 4 channel sound installation that uses a system of transducers to bring the sounds of the instruments within the case to life on the surface of the glass – which effectively acts as a giant speaker. There are two transducers on the case itself through which are diffused the sounds of the actual Bin Sitar within the case as well as the sounds of a tanpura, saraswati veena, rabaab, sarangi, tabla and surbahar. I used samples from the Darbar Musical Wonders of India project as a starting point for a composition that floats throughout the South Asia Gallery. Two further speakers hidden on top of the display case diffuse field recordings from Goa and other folk recordings upwards toward the high ceiling.

The V&A made a short video documenting Resonant Bodies.