Rain as a sounding, climatic phenomenon is Asbjørn Blokkum Flø’s point of departure for this sitre-specific sound installation. Water is essential for all life on earth, and rain is central in the circulation of water. Rain results from large weather systems, and is also a complex sound phenomenon.
The sound of rain might sound quite arbitrary, but below the surface there are complex sound phenomena; the distribution of the positions of the drops, their size and number are some of the elements that influence the sound of rain. In the installation this timbral dimension is investigated by way of a large number of sound elements. One hundred individually controlled loudspeakers of Flø’s own construction fills the gallery room at Atelier Nord ANX, and envelops the listener in a three-dimensional sound field. This soundfields is further colored by the acoustic properties of the space as well as the trajectories of the visitors when exploring. A custom-made software continually adjusts the rain sound variables, such as drop size, number and duration. This influences how the rain is heard – from light drizzle to tropical storm.
The engineering has been done at NOTAM by Asbjørn Blokkum Flø, Thom Johansen and Hans Wilmers.
Location: Atelier Nord ANX, Olaf Ryes plass 2 (entrance Sofienberggata)
Dates: Sept. 07. – 30., 2018
Opening hours: 13 – 18 during the Ultima festival (Sept. 13. – 22.). Thursday and friday 15 – 18, saturday and sunday 13 – 18 during the rest of the exhibition period.
On September 14. at 19:00 there is a concert with Asbjørn Blokkum Flø og Ernst van der Loo.
Elektric regn has been made with support from Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond, Komponistenes Vederlagsfond And Norsk kulturfond.