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Composition for Tuning an Architectural Space by Oliver Beer

  • Sydney Opera House Bennelong Place Sydney NSW 2000 Australia (map)

British artist Oliver Beer presents a composition from his series of works based on an acoustic phenomenon: that every architectural space has its own unchanging resonant notes, determined by its dimensions, which can be stimulated using the unamplified human voice.

Composition for Tuning an Architectural Space, 2012/2018, transforms a usually unseen and unremarkable part of the architecture of the Sydney Opera House through a live vocal performance of four singers. Revealing the resonant frequencies of the space, the work is an immersive sound composition that exists ‘at the meeting point between the singers and the architecture’.

Featuring vocals by Clive Birch, Benjamin Caukwell, Sonya Holowell, Jenny Liu and Simon Lobelson

This performance is presented as part of the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement.