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5000 calls : installation

by David Chesworth (2000)

Synapse for violin and computer


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Work Overview

Sydney Olympic Park (2000-ongoing)
Programmed sound files, 80 Loudspeakers, 24 Channels
The work has subsequently been installed in Cardiff (2002) and Ljubljana (2003)

5000 Calls is a large-scale multi-channel sound installation installed throughout the Urban Forest, an extensive 4.5 hectare loose grid of eucalyptus trees surrounding the Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The ever-changing soundscape utilises 5000 'charged' human vocalisations uncovered from everyday life: the sighs, gasps and groans of work, pleasure, sport, song and struggle. 5000 Calls particularly utilises the vocalisations of people in extreme physical states.

The 'sense' of speech has been removed from these everyday recordings to reveal a soundscape of 'human effort'.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Multi-channel playback. Stereo and 4-channel versions available.

Difficulty: N/A - Not for live performance

Commission note: Commissioned by the Sydney Olympic Art Public Arts Program

First performance: 2000. Sydney Olympic Park


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