marta beauchamp

leaky insulation

sound installation

live sound processing; ear protections, earphones, bela microcontroller, microphone

Photos © Marta Beauchamp

In the real-time sound installation “leaky insulation” the perception of the surrounding space is modulated by rhythmical waves of presence and absence of sound. Ambient sounds are captured by a microphone and the signal is passed through a microcontroller programmed to modulate the signal amplitude with a slow sine wave function. Headphones are employed as a permeable interface through which to encounter the filtered soundscape. By inviting to listen to ambient sounds through a cycling modulation, connecting and disconnecting the listener from the soundscape, the work heightens awareness for rhythmicity in the environment, offering a window into synchronous and asynchronous events.