Conditioning SIlence

Conditioning Silence

Conditioning Silence is an ongoing performance based project which records and mediates periods of group silence or quietness in a range of different acoustically rich and/or culturally significant sites.

During these performances audiences are exposed to a period of pink noise, which is intended to 'cleanse'  prior acoustic conditionings of the day (sitting in a kitchen or on a train) in order to prime the ear for a concentrated listening. After projecting the noise, the audience is asked to observe a period of relative silence. During this period I set about to record the resulting sounds (the internal and external ambient drone alongside the sounds of shuffling, breathing, coughing, gulping, ligaments and bones cracking, etc) through a range of acoustic perspectives such as from the inside of a resonant container, through a windowpane or floorboards and from more conventional perspectives of omni directional microphones placed in an A/B configuration. After recording these sounds, I then perform an amplified playback diffusion of the various perspectives back into the space – presenting the audience with a heavily mediated, heightened and in some cases phantasmagoric perspective of the prior encounter.