Microtonal Wall by Tristan Perich
Microtonal Wall is a work by the sound artist Tristan Perich. The work consists of 1500 one-bit-speakers, each playing a specific tone, within a total span of 4 octaves. The speakers are mounted on an large aluminum plate. From a distance the collection of frequencies turns into white noise. However, as the visitor approaches the work, each tone can be singled out.
I’ve so far only seen a video documentation of the work, but it gave me a good idea of it. I sure found it very appealing, and wish I could approach it, slowly, leaving the white noise behind and listen to the change of tones while moving along the work. I strongly believe I would like the sound of it.
At present the work is presented in the sound exhibition, Soundings: A Contemporary Score, at MoMA in New York. As a matter of fact, it is MoMA:s first major exhibition presenting works by sound artists. The exhibition runs from August 10 to November 3, 2013. Visit the exhibition website.