When I look at an old stone wall, I think about how the seemingly solid form has shifted and settled over time, through weathering and the erosion and compression of the soil. In order to explore this process through sound, Stone Song is laced with pressure sensors and strain gauges, and sensors for humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure. All this information feeds into a drone synthesizer, whose fundamental tones shift slowly over the months as the stones settle. Daily weather and seasonal changes will produce smaller, shorter- term changes in the stones’ song, as will the weight of visitors who stop to sit on it and listen.
I’ve designed Stone Song in collaboration with Hilary Martin, Akira Inman, and Evan Oxland.
Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who works with technology, language, and found materials to create interactive installations and musical instruments. His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe. In an annual project, he creates a new homemade musical instrument each day of the month of February — the Instrument-a-Day project is now in its seventh year.
Last summer, Bhatnagar worked with the art collectives Flux Factory and Rabid Hands to build a large-scale musical installation at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris. His interactive sound work “Singing Room for a Shy Person,” commissioned by Amsterdam’s Métamatic Research Initiative, premiered at New York City’s Clocktower Gallery last spring, and moved to the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland in October for the Métamatic Reloaded exhibition. He performed in the Uncaged Toy Piano Festival and Qubit’s Machine Music festival this winter, and is working with David Chang on a calligraphy- and gesture-based score for the Brooklyn Ballet.
2014 Installation and Interview. Video by Caryn Waechter.