SOUNDCYCLE

Soundcycle was a live action installed for the Moonee Valley Arts Week and was part of a site research project with RMIT Art in Public Space. The site investigation used rubbish collected from the Moonee Ponds catchment area and local council flats. The idea was to give the residents a sound journey using found waste items that no longer had any value. These items were either thrown away, destroyed or vandalized. All of the works were made out of rubbish collected at the site and they specifically responded to the sounds that were already in the environment.  The connecting tie to all of the artworks was a painted red stripe on each object that was easily identified in the landscape. One found object was made into a bell and installed under the bridge. It made a sound “clonk, clonk” which was similar to the cars and trains passing overhead.  A water piece was hung over the storm water drain where the water would trickle onto it and it amplified the sound of dripping water. Drums were located near the bottom of the council flats where most noise was absorbed by the buildings architecture. Any sound of a footstep was quite small. Found pipes were added to a whole in a fence, so if you ran a stick along the fence, you would hear three different notes. Crushed tin cans were hung from a tree to sound like the rustling and whispering of leaves. A pair of thongs was installed next to a park bench and if played with, they would sound like someone was running past in trainers. A tambourine was made out of beer bottle caps and an old bike wheel. It was installed next to a park seat where people would sit and drink. If the tambourine was shook it would sound like the beer bottles being thrown away. A traffic cone was made into a megaphone and was reminiscent of netball mums shouting at their daughters. A gong was installed at the local basketball courts for any player that had a victory. There was a collection of balls cut open and filled with sand, installed near the sandy park . If you shook them they would sound like someone was walking along the nearby path.  An old window slat would became a xylophone if you ran a stick along it. It referred to the cyclists whizzing past on the cycle trail. None of the artworks were destroyed.

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