Installed at The Audacious Festival, Christchurch, NZ (October 23-25th, 2015)
“Hidden behind walls, in underground tunnels, and kept outside and out of sight, the ambient hum of the contemporary city grid operates in the same way, sustained by an “abysmal fracture” of the capitalist occult, the occlusion of an earth rendered “less impressive” through depletion of limited resources, pollution, and global warming. -- Douglas Kahn, Earth Sound Earth Signal
Stray Signals was a site-specific installation work that employed a electromagnetic receiver to transpose the electromagnetic environment of the Christchurch CBD into the audible acoustic range. The artist spent a number of days using a portable receiver to investigate the cities electromagnetic environment. The resulting recordings were edited into a soundscape composition which was played back via hidden loudspeakers at the installation site on the corner of High and Lichfield streets. The volume level of the recordings was set so that the electromagnetic signals intermingled with the sites typically audible sound environment. In such a way the normally imperceptible electromagnetic frequencies were bought closer to the threshold perception without being explicitly foregrounded.