Material Soundscapes is an interactive installation of self extracted clay and field recordings. The audience is invited to listen to the soundscapes of four site-specific clays and the process they undergo to become a usable matter. By touching the clay and metal handle simultaneously, an environment of interaction is created that stimulates a dialogue between matter (clay), places and people.
In my artistic practice I explore places in my surroundings on their clay occurrence, dig holes in the earth, collect clay from construction sites and refine the material – a time consuming process. By doing that, I engage deeply with my environment and gain knowledge about its specific material and sound properties.
The places I visited the last two years are located in greater Gothenburg: Storgatan, Delsjön, Nääs and Brännö. Each place, material and time of day has their own inherent “voice” and unique soundscape. Through capturing the sounds and turning them into compositions a site-specific clay symphony arises.
With my work I intend to create a feeling of material- and place identity through making clay able to be sensed in an acoustical, tactile and visual way.
Sound design and composition: Nils Edte