Image of Sonica 2013 Whispers


…It embraces, and simultaneously excludes the visitor while evoking a sense of longing that can never be fulfilled, so will continue to grow…
NRC Handelsblad

Whispers [UK Premiere]


Whispers is a ceramic sound sculpture of five larger-than-life ceramic trumpets – blue and gleaming – they appear to be floating in a semi-darkened room.

The different resonance frequencies of each trumpet form a pentatonic system that is central to the installation. The trumpets spout words, laughter and noise as you map your own auditory route within this three dimensional soundscape to find out each trumpet’s unique meaning.

The talking trumpets are not merely hanging in the room, the vibrations cross over and interact with the environment. The talking voices are embedded in painstakingly composed sounds from the surrounding speakers. Sometimes musical, sometimes distorted. This contiguous fabric of sound accelerates and builds up to an abrupt climax. In a flash, the slate is wiped clean again. Then the babbling, murmuring, crackling and whispering starts afresh.

The hallmark of Strijbos & Van Rijswijk’s collective body of work is a combination of electro acoustic compositions and spatial elements, design, and innovative music technology.

With his work, Pierluigi Pompeï confronts space, where architectural elements and sound form the main parts.

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

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