Monthly Archives: May 2014

CONTOUR EDITIONS Installation at Eyebeam presenting octophonic works by artists Barbara Held and Kenneth Kirschner. May 13th – 17th, 2014


CONTOUR EDITIONS is pleased to present another installment dedicated to multi-channel sound installations, this time featuring two works – by Barbara Held and Kenneth Kirschner. Both pieces aim directly to the intersections of focused listening, experience, material, and space transforming the temporal make up of reception, and the perception of where the work is being presented. The listening situation is considered to be an integral part to the pieces, which is the general idea behind Contour Editions Installation. The label is committed to serve the pieces by ensuring adequate conditions for listening, care for the situation, attention to scale and space, its characteristics, layout, context (surroundings, conceptual framework), chosen equipment, and visitors flow. The programming of the label focuses on sound works that are consequences of a process, in which both content and format are equally relevant and conceptually intertwined. Topics of interest are sound phenomenology (perception, localization, physicality), sonic semantics (identity, meaning, context, structure) and topology (a broader study of spatial phenomena). Contour Editions Installation favors pieces that don’t compromise technically or aesthetically.
Barbara Held
software development, Ariadna Alsina and Wolfgang Gil
Observatory was originally made as part of a sound design project  for the consortium of museums in Tenerife, Canary Islands. Using data obtained from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, it translates one natural phenomena into another by using the rhythm of wave motion on the sun to filter and artificially reinforce the intensity of frequencies of the upper partials of a flute sound. This is similar to the performance practice of instrumentalists who shape the timbre of a musical sound by changing air pressure with the lips, or the pressure of the bow on a string.  The piece was first presented in “BioDervias”  at the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Tenerife with Yapci Ramos and Richard Garet.
March 24, 2014
Kenneth Kirschner