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threnody for the millions killed by silicosis, 2017
4.1 audio
45 minutes

Collaboration with Joseph Rosenzweig

The sounds heard throughout threnody for the millions killed by silicosis depict the act of knapping, a process by which lithic tools are formed through controlled fracturing. The source sound recording is altered so that the percussions specific to this work process excite a host of reverberant spaces: a cairn, a factory floor, a mine, a mausoleum, a church, a railway tunnel, a council chamber, a dungeon, a park, a nuclear reactor hall, a cathedral, a courtyard, a conference room. Each built environment is thus described by an impulse and its successive decay. Ambisonic recording and reproduction techniques describe in facsimile the acoustic properties of these varied spaces within the gallery room in which the work is installed.