Bill Fontana won this year’s Golden Nica in digital sound for his work Speeds of Time, but while listening to this installation along the banks of the Donau, I couldn’t help think how analog an idea this was. It’s a beautiful sculptural sound map of the sound of London’s Big Ben. Imagine tracing the audio imagery of such an audio icon, beginning from the Tower itself and continuing with many microphones spread across special geographic listening points throughout the city. Fontana has been doing these large sound installations emphasizing great distances or the relocation of sound for decades. Spend some time at his website to explore more of these wonderful works.
“My medium is sound. I could create the most interesting piece,
but if it doesn’t translate to the space, it’s worthless.”
(thanks to Bill Fontana)