Many Dances’- a multi-channel sound installation for the boardwalk opposite the amphitheatre on Wollundry Lagoon. The installation consists of a computer controlled system that generates a continually changing immersive soundscape, sensors that turn on the system when people are present and an array of 7 small speakers that will be placed under the floor of the boardwalk.
The soundscape will be generated from a collection of short recordings of dance gestures made on the boardwalk (foot falls, shuffles and scrapes etc with shoes, boots and bare feet). In presenting the sonic detail of dance gestures, audiences are drawn into the specifics of their own embodied experience of dance while at the same time provoked to consider this experience in the context of Wagga Wagga as ‘the place of many dances’.
People gathering and dancing has a long history and significance for the people of Wagga Wagga. Here are a few images from that touch on the diversity of dance gatherings over the last 200 years.
Lung Trees and Bird Child Spirit are recent sound installations that are the basis for Many Places. Please note that multi-channel sound is not well represented in stereo. For more examples of my audio work see: https://bentnail.art/sonic-art
Visitor feedback" “very beautiful” “brilliant” “powerful” “moving” "very cool" "delightful"
Imaginary Ornithology, Burrinja Upwey, 2012. It was a very ambitious project that used a range of sophisticated technologies. It demonstrates my technical competence and on going interest in birds, nature and community engagement.
A gallery of photos and images from my recent work. Note that all visual art is created by me (Peter Mcilwain), The equipment used for Many Places will not include a solar power system but the relevant diagrams show the technical and physical design of the system.