Monday, June 19, 2006

Gloom and Doom (SIMPARCH with Steve Rowell) at the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati):

The Sonic Boom Simulator: The audio recordings featured in this structure are from Steve Rowell's on-going Sonic Boom Archive Project, where he has installed autonomous microphones beneath the super-sonic corridor known as the "R-2508 Special Use Airspace Complex" in California's Mojave desert. His audio composition "Tactile Air" is a constant, high decibel playback of sonic booms inside the chamber, and is designed to replicate the actual volume levels experienced by residents living beneath military-controlled supersonic airspace. Please Note: earplugs are provided as a courtesy. Volume levels in this installation, while very loud, will not cause permanent hearing loss or other bodily harm.