[NetBehaviour] Simon Elvins: Mapping sound.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jul 10 16:08:03 CEST 2006

Simon Elvins: Mapping sound.

Simon Elvins is concerned with sound as an ubiquitous force. Through a 
series of projects he has been documenting how sound is an often ignored 
dimension of our physical environment. Silent London plots quiet spaces 
in the English capitol using noise level data. An embossed print shows 
quiet areas raised up from the paper, bringing them to the attention of 
the viewer, while noise areas become blanked out valleys. noisy areas 
raised up from the paper while quiet areas become blank areas of peace. 
His FM Radio Map serves a dual purpose. On the one hand it plots the 
physical locations of commercial and pirate FM radio stations 
broadcasting in London. But circuits conductive pencil lines placed on 
the back of the map also turns it into a physical interface. Using a 
modified radio the map can be aurally “navigated” by placing metail 
contacts on points on the map.


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