Exhibition dates

The Cave of Sounds is back in September 2014 at 90dB Festival Internazionale Arti Sonore in Rome. Sign up to the mailing list to hear about exhibitions as they are confirmed.

Upcoming exhibitions

90dB Festival Internazionale Arti Sonore

The Cave of Sounds will be exhibited in Ex-Cartiera Latina, the former Latina Paper Factory, as a part of the 90dB Festival of sonic arts.

Thu 11 Sep 2014 6.30pm — midnight
Fri 12 Sep 2014 4pm — midnight
Sat 13 Sep 2014 4pm — midnight
Sun 14 Sep 2014 4pm — midnight

Previous exhibitions

The Barbican

The Cave of Sounds will debut on Level -1 of the Barbican as a part of Hack the Barbican.

Mon 19 Aug 2013 7pm — 10pm
Tue 20 Aug 2013 3pm — 10pm
Wed 21 Aug 2013 3pm — 10pm
Thu 22 Aug 2013 3pm — 10pm
Fri 23 Aug 2013 3pm — 10pm
Sat 24 Aug 2013 11am — 10pm
Sun 25 Aug 2013 11am — 10pm
Mon 26 Aug 2013 11am — 4pm

Private view: Thu 22 Aug 7pm — 10pm

The Victoria & Albert Museum

The Cave of Sounds will be exhibited for one day only at the Victoria & Albert Museum as a part of their Digital Design Weekend. The work will be in the Hochhauser Auditorium in the Sackler Centre.

Sat 21 Sep 2013 10.30am — 4.30pm

Watermans Gallery

We have been invited to exhibit The Cave of Sounds at Watermans' Performing Arts and Technology Festival near Richmond, London.

Fri 1 Nov 2013 12pm — 8pm
Sat 2 Nov 2013 12pm — 8pm
Sun 3 Nov 2013 1pm — 5pm

What is The Cave of Sounds?

The Cave of Sounds is a circular arrangement of eight bespoke digital musical instruments. Audience members are invited to experiment with the instruments together, explore the potential of creating music as a means to interact with new people and consider the intertwined history of music and technology.

Although music plays a greater role in our lives than ever before, creating music is an activity often limited to trained professionals. Made up of a set of newly conceived musical instruments, The Cave of Sounds seeks to disrupt the boundaries between performer and audience. Regardless of training, visitors are invited to actively participate and experiment with new ways of creating and connecting with each other through sound.

Audience members create sounds by interacting with shadow-based instrument The Animal Kingdom and the gestural instrument Wind. Photo taken during an audience test at Music Tech Festival, May 2013.
A child edges towards the theremin-inspired instrument Rockmore. Photo taken during an audience test at Music Tech Festival, May 2013.

Each instrument has been designed and created over a period of eight months by a member of London’s Music Hackspace as a personal and interactive embodiment of the ideas and mind of its creator, whilst remaining intuitive to allow newcomers to express themselves.

In the hands of its audience, the work is crafted to provoke participants to connect and resonate with each other through musical expression. Software linking the instruments allows them to gently adjust their sounds to converge musically as well as detecting musical connections between participants and visualising them on a central floor projection of abstract shapes.

An exploration into collective music hacking

Although each instrument is a bespoke and unique creation of the individual behind it, they have all been developed to be played together as an ensemble.

Meeting every few weeks, the dynamics of the group have evolved organically as each person creates, listens and responds to the creations of others, gradually finding their place within the greater whole. In a scene where hacking technology is intrinsic to musical expression, it has been something like a time-stretched jam session, only bouncing hacks and interfaces as well as licks and phrases.

Sus Garcia and Wallace Hobbes working together during early days at the Centre for Creative Collaboration.

The team

Tim Murray-Browne is an artist and creative coder based in London. As artist in residence with the Music Hackspace, he has led The Cave of Sounds project from conception to completion.

Dom Aversano is a musician and composer. He has played drum kit in many jazz groups over the last ten years as well as classical piano and is interested in South Indian Carnatic Music, Church Bell Ringing, and the American Theorist Joseph Schillinger.

Susanna Garcia and Borja Alexandre create together since 2008. They started their collaboration within the artist's group Sonom, developing installations, AV performances, music and video works. In 2012 they co-founded Mind the Film, bringing together their passion for filmmaking and the arts .

Wallace Hobbes is an Embedded Software engineer and music enthusiast from France who designs ludic and novel approaches to interact with machines with the final goal of exploring the meanings of communication.

Daniel Lopez is a programmer from London, UK with a longtime interest in music, games and the interplay between them.

Tadeo Sendon's work attempts to explore the practical crossroad between culture and the contemporary digital based environments. Through research based projects, his interest is to understand and capture modern technology with sonic and concept art finalisations.

Panagiotis Tigas is a computer scientist obsessed with music, arts and the universe.

Kacper Ziemianin explores various aspects of sound art including: instrument building, interactivity, interface design, live electronics improvisation, music production, radio production, audio-visual installations, etc. By these means he tries to find his own, individual style of artistic expression.

Keep in touch

The Cave of Sounds is a touring installation. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss hosting an exhibition.

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Acknowledgements

The Cave of Sounds was created through Sound and Music’s Embedded Composer in Residence programme with the Music Hackspace.

Sound and Music’s vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. Our work includes composer and artist support and development, partnerships with a range of organisations, live events and audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. We champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many.

The Music Hackspace is a hub and focal point in London for those interested in subverting technology to create music. Established in 2011 as an offshoot of the London Hackspace, the group meet weekly to present projects, host performances of experimental music and exchange ideas and skills.

Sound and Music's Embedded programme is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation with support from Arts Council England.

The residency was mentored by Duncan Chapman and Atau Tanaka. Special thanks for support to Hannah Bujic and Nick Sherrard from Sound and Music, Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut and Martin Klang from the Music Hackspace, The Centre for Creative Collaboration, Troyganic and the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London for providing creative working space, Mind The Film for producing the video of our work above, as well as Jenny Attwater and the many who provided insightful feedback on early prototypes of the work.