Machinefabriek / Soundpiece / 15 /15
Soundpiece is a sound installation in the public space of the Schouwburg Square in Rotterdam and covers an area of 30 by 30 meter through 32 speakers. It can be heard across the entire Schouwburg Square at limited volume. The A-sides of the records were recorded for Soundpiece, a sound installation under the the Schouwburg Square in Rotterdam.
On both sides of the bright yellow record is Rutger’s composition 15/15. He himself explains his piece as follows: ‘Instead of ignoring or (to the contrary) overpowering the existing sounds, I decided to make it more like a dialogue. I wanted to keep space in the music, and to have the environment play a part in it. The sounds I’d be using would be as pure as possible – sharp and focused, in contrast to the messy soundscape that’s already there. I took 15 minutes as a timeframe. It seemed like a good duration, considering the time people will be on the square. So, I settled on a fifteen-minute loop. 15/15 takes fifteen sine tones with frequencies ranging from 150 to 9000 hertz, which are repeated at different intervals. The result sounds a bit like wind chimes in slow motion. Listening to it has the same effect as watching a water stream or a campfire. It doesn’t seem to change much, but it does have a strange hypnotic effect.’