A Sense of Space – Thomas Deuel

This piece consists of two sound installations, juxtaposing found sounds with abstractions of travel photographs. When traveling, most people take photographs and use them to communicate a sense of what the experience of being in that place might have been like. However, the acoustic environment – recorded via ‘phonographs’ – can provide a tremendous amount of the sense of place and feeling of a location in a different way than photographs. Here, musical soundscapes replace photographs. The first piece comes from sounds collected in Rajasthan, India – the basic rhythmic figure comes from a third class train. Other field recordings that make up the melodic and harmonic components of the song include rickshaw horns, Hindu chants, monkeys, and Muslim calls to prayer.

Installation excerpt – Rajasthan, India:


The second piece comes from the Indian Himalayas – the basic rhythmic figure is also a local train providing transportation. The minimal visual presence in the pieces intentionally provides only a suggestion of the place: shifting blurry and abstract images, initiating a subconscious suggestion of what the place may look like. The listener then must use the sonic environment to create a sense of place.

Installation excerpt – Indian Himalayas: