Twenty Ongoing Tones
Stephen McEvoy
31 January 2018 - 8 February 2018

Project presentation: 8 February at 17.00 in the Black Room.

“Twenty Ongoing Tones” is an audio-visual project based on resynthesized tinnitus sounds. Twenty volunteers described their tinnitus in detail, along with details about how it began, and how it makes them feel now. Using these interviews as a reference, the tinnitus sounds of each person were recreated, and the results of this recreation presented as a sequence of tones, each a brief window into the internal sound world of another person.

“Twenty Ongoing Tones” is an intense exploration of physicality, as it describes sounds that are produced as a result of auditory trauma, may be uncomfortable to listen to, or be beyond our own personal ability to hear or experience. By recontextualising these sonic artefacts as sounds worthy of an audience, “Twenty Ongoing Tones” functions as a way of poking around the limits of hearing, sound, and music, and asking if there is a difference between the three.

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