Invisible Reality

. http://www.ruigato.info/AUDIO/SDESIGN/IR/01.mp3

Project | Invisible Reality

Year | 2003

Collaborator | Rui Gato

Status | Showed at 1000 Plateaux. Lisbon, Portugal

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Looking back in time, this was a project that worked a bit as the forward for what GPOD is becoming. Invisible Reality was a project made for a conference in 2003 that we transformed into a live act.

In one of those chance situations, I noticed an interference between two objects that were physically away from each other – my computer mouse and my stereo.

When it happened the first time, I became a bit annoyed with the fact that I couldn’t hear the music because of the disturbing interference, but a couple of days later I was very curious about it and decided to try it again. After being sure that the sound coming out of my stereo was indeed the capture of my mouse cursor moving on my computer screen, I wondered if there would be more of those interferences at home.

This was the beginning of the project. I realized that, for certain objects, the space they occupy goes beyond their physicality. This struck my attention, and I wanted to know more. The question in my mind was – after all, what is the full scope of objects’ relationship with their context when in use?

I ended up sound-scanning the whole flat and found out a great amount of interferences, all slightly different but belonging to the same family of sounds. With those sounds I built a sound library and showed it to a sound designer I know. I wanted to understand if the sounds were good to create music with. He said yes, and the live act came out.

It was a rather interesting experience. One that taught me a lot about the eventual impact of an object.

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