FM: CANAL (2009)
Dynamic sound installation by Frozen Music
Sleepless Night, Miami Beach, November 5, 2009
Dade Canal, between Convention Center Drive and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

This was the first piece performed as the Frozen Music collective which brought together the talents of David Dunn, Rene Barge and myself as a collaborative trio. Commissioned by the City of Miami Beach for its 2009 Sleepless Night event, Canal became a one-night-only, public sound art installation performed live, nonstop over the duration of the entire event, from 6PM to 6AM the next day, on the longest night of the year.

Frozen Music (FM) is an experimental sound art ensemble that designs and realizes immersive sound environments in response to the acoustical characteristics of a given site. It focuses upon the making of otherwise inaudible phenomena audible in science, nature and architecture. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification.

Similar to current discourse in the art world concerning the concept of art as a research activity, FM takes attempts to transcend mere theoreticism by focused efforts to combine both aesthetic and scientific insights, thereby creating experiential understandings and descriptions of an empirical reality based in aural perception.

For Canal, 8 channels of sound were distributed evenly along the extent of the Dade Canal behind the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The speakers were setup on the street side of the canal (white dots) so that the sounds would be projected on the water to the people walking on the pathway under the trees. The street lights were treated with magenta tones.

The content of Canal features autonomous sounds from David Dunn’s chaotic oscillators, sounds generated by small objects and other electronic sounds weaving at times a dense texture of sound mass and other times settling on a more static texture of sounds that take turns expressing themselves individually.

The total number of people attending Sleepless Night that evening was roughly 120,000. This letter from the organizer of the event estimates that 50,000 experienced Canal during its 13-hour performance

Frozen Music support letter

Stories and Reviews:

canal: jennie gottchalk
knightarts: already sleepless dreaming of frozen music
networked music review: introducing frozen music