Jonathan Heilbron BassoundsOpening: Tuesday 22 September, 6-8pm Dates: 22 September – 9 October 2009
‘Bassounds’ is an exploration in the fluctuating energies that can coexist within a relatively small space. Cause and effect become blurred, as improvisational sound metamorphoses into composed material, all the while being enhanced by the comparatively static light projections onto the walls. These elements combine to create a work that has a life and energy of its own whilst still remaining an immersive sonic enclosure.
The sole sound source heard in the work is the Double Bass, highlighting the surprising versatility of the instrument.
‘Bassounds’ can be separated into several parts or ‘episodes’, each drawing from one or more of the natural timbres achievable on the instrument. Four separate sound sources can be heard, all stemming from a single improvisation. This results in combined, dense textures and complex interrelationships. The light acts as a constant energy source amongst the morphing sonic landscape, and casts a fragmented shadow onto the walls of the space. This light enhances the feeling of enclosure, as the ebbing improvisations develop around the viewer.