Some sounds – with higher pitch for instance – are more penetrating than others; while other sounds tend to be repressed and integrated into the environment that we pay no attention to.
As I grew up, I became more and more interested in the hierarchy of soundscape in the city that I was living in. This is a space where human voices are being encroached and confined indoors, whereas the sounds of the city dominate our consciousness and leave us no space for communications.
I thus collected sound from the city I was living in, and also human voices from three specific local markets that I used to go during my childhood – a place where so many communications were happening and so much energy was being generated. I then edited the sound samples into five songs in total. Three songs consisting exclusively of human voices were played inside the three plastic cubes, which symbolize the invisible, intimate space that the human voices created in the market; the three cubes were also displaced according to their location on the map of the city, in an attempt to trace and reinterpret the city-scape using sound. The other two songs of the chaotic city space were then played using two big speakers located in the room.
This project encourages the audience to freely approach and interact with the different sound in their own way. Inviting audience to completely immersed themselves in the different layers of space created by the sound, this installation is a reflection on the invisible mechanism of how sound creates our environment, and ultimately build our understanding of the world.