ARTIST: Mark Bain
TITLE: The Omnisound Generator
MATERIALS: Electric motor, mechanical sound generator,
spherical mixing chamber,
plastic tubing, industrial headphones.
DIMENSIONS: 34" x 24" x 10"
DATE: January 2005
Warning: extended use with the headphones may induce slight
nausea, vertigo and mental confusion in some sensitive persons.
Use at your own risk.
Seven octaves, 84 discrete tones, all at once all the time,
a history of western music as played back in its entirety as
one incessant chord. This drone, this filler of space and monster
of the twelve-tone scale, is unrelenting in its ever pervasiveness.
As a pneumatic sound engine, the Omnisound Generator allows
for remote placement into the machine via air coupled headphones.
Monitoring the insides with stethoscopic precision, hear its
heartbeat, its scream, its infrasonic rumblings and the wind
rushing by. ALL SOUND ENGINES ARE GO!
The American artist Mark Bain works on the interface of
acoustics, architecture and actions of conceptual/experiential
integration. For some time Bain has been involved in an ongoing
research into the area of sound and architecture and how sonic
events condition bodies and buildings they occupy. Sculptural
aspects of sound are also investigated in the way resonant materials
can define structures in space. Other installations involve
living systems and investigative devices, which position the
viewer into rarified experiences. In this work, he designs hybrid
apparatuses, which engage both locations and the viewing public.
These are not necessarily products in themselves, but rather
tools developed which lead to certain ends. His research can
be thought as a kind of divining, a loosening, or search for
living entities, defining a presence within that which is normally
thought of as static and dead.
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