Metroplex

Virtual sound walk

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An ever expanding virtual city of sounds.

DEADLINE: NOV 2009  |  CLIENTS: THE DANISH COMPOSERS SOCIETY  |  EXHIBITED BY: HAPPYNEWEARS.COM AND NEW MEDIA DAYS 2011  |  PARTNERS: JAKOB WEIGAND GOETZ  |  SPONSORS: THE HERITAGE AGENCY OF DENMARK AND KODA

The listening space consists of a free-floating labyrinth structure that is regenerated for each visit to form new shapes and combinations of sounds. The visitor is sent on an explorative soundwalk in zero gravity without a fixed time frame and is free to move around as she wishes.

Over a period of one year a selection of composers were curated to upload new soundscapes reflecting on the theme 'city as organism'.

The project was commissioned by The Danish Composers Society. Their pitch was to find new ways of mediating Danish sound art on the web. Metroplex ran in a web-player. In contrast to daily use of the internet, Metroplex was a space for a restful in depth immersion.

The initial inspiration came from walking the streets in Vancouver City BC while watching the construction frenzy leading up to the winter Olympics. Inspiration also came from the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

Credits

Metroplex was developed with support from The Heritage Agency of Denmark and KODA (Danish society that administers Danish and international copyrights for composers, songwriters and music publishers). It was launched in December 2008.

All rights to the sound content in Metroplex belong to the respective artists. The contributing composers are: Bent Sørensen, Jonas R Kirkegaard, Rune Søchting, Rudiger Meyer, Jakob Weigand Goetz and Søren Lyngsø Knudsen (aka. Vectral).