Freedom to the Black
Posted on 9 February 2012
A new ambisonic B-Format installation by sound artist Erdem Helvacıoğlu opened in Istanbul's ARTER gallery with support from MRC staff.
MRC staff collaborated with Turkish sound artist Erdem Helvacıoğlu and curator Melih Fereli to realise a new piece entitled "Freedom to the Black" which is being exhibited in Istanbul's ARTER Gallery as the first in a series of sound art projects, and was commissioned by the Vehbi Koç Foundation.
Erdem's composition features recordings of the piano used in the first performance of Fluxus pioneer George Maciunas's work "Piano Piece" (1970), which is also featured in the exhibition. Erdem "recorded the 'sound memory' of Maciunas's piano ... using various pieces of equipment and materials—scissors, bows, earplugs, stuffed toys, drum sticks, —to extract a wide range of sounds from the piano's body". These recordings were spatialized using using custom software to produce 3rd Order BFormat on a 16 speaker, 3D Ambisonic sound system designed by the MRC team.
The installation runs from the 10th to the 26th February 2012.
For further information and a stereo recording of the piece see here: ARTER Website
Freedom to the Black flyer