Invisible Architecture in a Church

Site-specific research; digital audio, stereo: ‘Acoustic reflections of one voice in a church (live recording)’, 3’07”. Part of the project ‘Invisible Architecture’ by Chrs Galarreta (composition) and Janneke van der Putten (voice).

Resonant frequencies and reverberations are emphasised and prolonged with the interaction of the human voice and the echo, making recordings with unconventional microphone techniques. The tone modulations, breathing voice rhythm, and position and type of microphones used, are in response to the qualities of the chosen site. From these variables drones, overtones and other acoustic phenomena appear in the space. Acoustic reflections are audible, more than the sound sources (the voice and surrounding sounds).

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Made in the Sankt Gertrud church, Cologne (DE), 2015, during an artist-in-residency at Raumklänge – Ortsbezogene Musik. Track published in the compilation ‘AudioDH : Sonic Manifestations from 250 artist from Den Haag’, curated by Francisco Lopez and Barbara Ellison. Presented on 22 September 2016 at Korzo, Todays Art Festival, The Hague. Listen to ‘AudioDH : Sonic Manifestations from 250 artist from Den Haag’.

Photo of the Sankt Gertrud church interior.