The Cave of Sounds is an interactive sound installation exploring the power of music to bind individuals together and the visceral urge to use technology to broadcast our identity. Inspired by the prehistoric origins of music, the work is formed of eight original musical instruments, arranged in a circle facing inwards. Created during a ten month residency at the Music Hackspace, each instrument has been designed and created by an individual as an embodiment of their own artistic practice, but also to exist together as a new ensemble.
In the hands of its audience, the work is crafted to provoke participants to connect and resonate with each other through musical expression. Software linking the instruments gently adjusts their sounds to converge musically as well as detecting musical connections between participants and visualising them onto a central projection.
Documentation video created by Mind the Film (Sep 2013)
Work-in-progress promotional video created by Mind the Film (May 2013)
The Cave of Sounds at the Barbican
Lightefface by Kacper Ziemianin, an instrument from the Cave of Sounds exhibited at the Barbican. Photo: Lucia Molina Pflaum.
Joker by Wallace Hobbes, an instrument from the Cave of Sounds exhibited at the Barbican. Photo: Lucia Molina Pflaum.
Rockmore by Sus Garcia and Alex Sonom, an instrument from the Cave of Sounds exhibited at the Barbican.
The Cave of Sounds was a collaborative project involving working with some very talented people from the Music Hackspace.
The Cave of Sounds team. From the left: Tim Murray-Browne, Tadeo Sendon, Kacper Ziemianin, Sus Garcia, Dom Aversano, Daniel Lopez, Wallace Hobbes, Panagiotis Tigas. Not in this picture, Alex Sonom also worked with Sus on her instrument Rockmore.
- 19-26 Aug 2013 The Barbican, London
- 21 Sep 2013, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
- 1-3 Nov 2013 Watermans Gallery, London
- 4pt5.com, Hacking to make music a collaborative experience, 4 Dec 2012
- The Creators Project, Step into The Cave of Sounds, 1 Nov 2013
- CNN, Music ‘hackers’ unleash new generation of cool and bizarre instruments, 14 May 2014
The Cave of Sounds was created by Tim Murray-Browne with Dom Aversano, Sus Garcia, Wallace Hobbes, Daniel Lopez, Tadeo Sendón, Panagiotis Tigas and Kacper Ziemianin through Sound and Music’s Embedded Composer in Residence programme working with the Music Hackspace. The Embedded programme is funded by Esmée Fairbairn and realised through support from the Arts Council England.
The residency was mentored by Duncan Chapman and Atau Tanaka. Special thanks for support to Hannah Bujic and Nick Sherrard from Sound and Music, Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut and Martin Klang from the Music Hackspace, The Centre for Creative Collaboration, Troyganic and the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London for providing creative working space, Mind The Film for producing the video of our work above, as well as Jenny Attwater and the many who provided insightful feedback on early prototypes of the work.