Aeolian Artefacts

Project by Juan Duarte consists of sound devices that enable an experience of Augmented Listening of wind forces. It focuses on subtle changes in an outdoor environment to create generative soundscapes. Wind-sensitive systems are used to detect orientation and speed of the wind. These create acoustic events, that are registered and processed as a generative sound piece by a network of sensor networks.

The work takes as a reference an ancient instrument that is known as the Aeolian Harp (cf.  Kircher, A ca 1650.). The mechanism used the aleatoric forces (wind) to  self-play the strings and resonators. This enabled holy spaces, such as mountains and temples, to “speak” to humans.

“I am specifically interested in creating a series of devices that depend on wind forces to transmit a generative sound piece over FM radio. I will bring electronic components to build a number of devices with PIFcamp participants, based on previous experiments I’ve done recently. The device includes an FM radio transmitter and a micro-controller with environmental sensors.”

Here is some project related documentation.