Currently in development, Wood Wind Wardrobe is a sound installation for public spaces. The wardrobe provides a theatrical mirco-space for the presentation of a sound installation in urban environments. It's a bit weird, rather playful and it invites investigation and encounters with unusual sonic textures.
The installation will invite investigation by visitors. When approached sounds can be faintly heard coming form inside the wardrobe, a sparse kind of pulse. When the wardrobe is tapped the sounds will respond. When the door is opened the soundscape will change.
The installation is driven by a computer that governs the playback and responsiveness of the sound and lights. The computer can run autonomously and can be accesses via a wifi connection for maintenance purposes. The design includes a light sensor inside the wardrobe that detects how open the door is which in turn regulates the playback of the soundscapes and the playback level. Each time the door is opened a different soundscape will be played.
The speakers are unusually positioned so that they sound through an in the wardrobe - this creates the impression that the wardrobe is making the sounds. The sound textures currently under development are wooden recorders and flutes which will accentuate the acoustics of the wardrobe.
The installation will be designed to be safe and secure.