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the longest reverb time on earth

Postby Vic » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:01 am

Hi all,

I have been thinking about sharing this for a while on here because I thought people might find it as fascinating as I do.

For the last three years I have been travelling to the UK working on a project that looks at the negative effects of noise in our hospital spaces. There is tonnes of research that shows that no hospital has met the World Health Organisations recommendations of noise levels in functioning wards. Also the research that shows that these sound levels are causing negative effects in terms of length of hospital stay, increase in required medication, increased stress and disturbed sleep.

So I have had the amazing opportunity to visit and work in a hospital space for the last three years and we are nearly at the stage of starting to share outcomes which include a radio documentary, an exhibition of artworks, an EP of compositions made from the hospital space, a book, an app for delivery in hospitals in the uk and Australia and some original research about sound.

One of the artworks included me visiting a place in Scotland where sound lasts longer than anywhere else on earth. The reverb time in this place is an unbelievable two minutes long.

Here is a link to a short video that explores the process we took in taking a recording of a heartbeat of a patient who is entering palliative care and replaying and rerecording it in this place so each heartbeat lasted 2 minutes long.

https://vimeo.com/222247032

There is nothing graphic or sensational in this video but ideas of mortality are very present in it as I am often working with terminal patients in this space. It really was an amazing experience to climb into this place and to here the sound in there.

I am in the UK now and about to be in residence at The Tate, Liverpool to show the artworks in development. There is a web page about the entire project - the page is being updated regularly as more outcomes are completed.

www.theharmonicoscillator.com

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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby Djembe » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:19 am

Wow, what a great project!
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby Text_Edifice » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:43 am

That's amazing. Great work!
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby Text_Edifice » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:46 am

I can't imagine getting squeezed through that tiny tunnel.
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby Vic » Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:48 am

The experience inside there was truly profound but the experience of getting in there (and back out again) was truly frightening. I was petrified.
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Postby Text_Edifice » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:18 pm

I can only imagine. I'd be bricking it.

But also - what an immense privilege!

The whole project is really moving.
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby rob » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:13 am

a great project Vic, good work
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby mylesgm » Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:48 pm

Fantastic Vic! I'd love to hear more about the project, maybe next easter when I'm up your way...
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Re: the longest reverb time on earth

Postby The Tasmanian » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:33 pm

Well done Vic!
Great project.
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