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SPACE | A Chimed Life


Yesterday evening we attended the presentation of Super Critical Mass, an immersive and meditative sound installation in King George Square, Brisbane. Featuring Brisbane Bells, the players of many ages sounded bells as they slowly moved through one of Brisbane’s busiest public spaces from 5pm for an hour. The arrangements of people and sounds altered the social, temporal and acoustic experience of space. Starting from the Ann Street side of the Square, the participants slowly moved towards Adelaide Street following the patterning of the granite paving, then back. The tempo of the soundings changed during the walk, creating accidental arrangements and assemblages as paths criss-crossed and overlapped.

As a Christmas event, the installation stood in stark contrast to the urban spectacle surrounding us, inviting us to participate in a resonant yet slower experience. As avid amateur field recordists, recalling our Aspley Soundwalk, we made some small recordings on the mobile phone to share via AudioBoo.


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