Caves are places of great mystery. To our early ancestors they represented both refuge and danger, and even today they can inspire an intermingling of awe and terror. There is something supernatural about the air of a cave, and they have popped up in mythologies and spiritual traditions around the world. The infant Zeus was hidden from his murderous father in a cave, and left there to mature into the King of Gods we all know. The power of the cave is one of transformation, of death, and re-birth.
It is for these reasons that I have chosen to utilize the metaphor of the cave as a vehicle to craft an otherworldly soundscape. This installation is an exploration in the creation of a unique environment within our city, through the medium of sound. Part meditation, part auditory journey, Caverns of Sound is intended to spark the imagination of passerby’s, by creating a surreal experience in an everyday place, evoking the joy and magic of nature.
Crafted using field recordings taken from the natural world, which have then been sculpted and manipulated, this sound installation presents the ear with something familiar yet new. Ultimately, Caverns of Sound is aimed at taking the auditory sense, which is too often dulled by the daily grind of city life, and awakening it to something fantastical.