Michele Spanghero, ‘Listening is making sense’, 2012, Mazzoli
Michele Spanghero, ‘Listening is making sense’, 2012, Mazzoli

The sound sculpture Listening Is Making Sense uses wooden beams as vectors for the propagation of sound vibrations diffused through the wood by tactile transducers (loudspeakers that convert the audio signal into mechanical vibration spread by contact with matter). The transducers are positioned in the barycentre of the structure so that the sound can propagate by contact through the beams and change its frequencies and dynamics according to the different properties of filtering and natural absorption of the sound wave by the wood. The sculpture is apparently silent and the only way to listen to it is therefore to get into physical contact with the resonant matter by placing the ear straight on the wood. As the programmatic title states, the sculptural use of matter in this work is bind to the sound diffused in it: it’s the action of touching the wooden beams to listen to them by the audience, that gives sense to the sculpture itself.

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