Recent presentaton at the GLOBALE in Karlsruhe: From 19 June - 9 August the Heaven's Carousel was accelerating every evening after sunset at the Friedrichsplatz the visitors to new sound spheres. More....

 

The Heaven's Carousel plays with the idea if we could hear what happens in the night sky: For our eyes the nocturnal sky is a very flat black and white affair. With the help of telescopes we discovered that the celestial objects reveal some colours. But as we have only three colour receptors we get a rather simplified idea of these colours as sum of simply three colour values. This would be very different if we could „hear“ the colours as our ears preceive individual frequencies highly differentiated ... (Tim Otto Roth at AWB)

For the 4th Hubble Space Telescope Conference which took place in March 2014 at the renown Accademia dei Lincei in Rome he designed for the academy’s palm garden an ethereal carousel construction with 36 loudspeakers mounted on strings and turning around the heads of the visitors with a wing span of up to 16 meters. As the sound waves are compressed or expanded when the circulating loudspeakers approach or depart the pitch of the played sine waves changes up or down depending on the relative velocity of the speaker. This so called Doppler Effect depends of the listener’s position, so the visitors are invited to move under the installation. There even comes another component into play when not only continues tones are generated but very short sine pulses are played. Due to the extension of the installation and the runtime of sound these sound packages recompose differently in the space – a kind of a spatio-temporal extension of granular synthesis. Here the German artist sees a parallel to the view into the night sky. For him the lights in the nocturnal firmament have  a strong acoustic component as due to the long distances we do simply see the lucid echo of  worlds which has passed away long time ago.

The Heaven's Carousel premiered in the United States in April 2015 in occasion of the 25th anniversary celebration of Hubble Space Telescope at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. It is on show in Karlsruhe from 19 June – 9 August in the context of the Globale.

  • Impression from the German Premiere at Globale in front of the Museum of Natural History in Karlsruhe on 19 June 2015.
  • Heaven's Carousel at the Friedrichsplatz in Karlsruhe.
  • Heaven's Carousel at AVAM in Baltimore in spring 2015.
  • Impression from the Premiere on 17 March at the Accademia dei Lincei.
  • Impression from the Premiere on 17 March.
  • Mid frequencies appear in yellow.
  • Very high frequencies appear in blue.
  • Impression from the Premiere on 17 March.
  • The Carousel at the Accademia dei Lincei framing the Moon.
  • The first turns of fhe Carousel at the Accademia dei Lincei.

     
images: Daniel T. Braun, Pam Jeffries (STScI) & T. O. Roth (imachination projects)