We camped out for three days at Red Rocks Canyon, where I did a test installation and made slight modifications to the pieces at the campground. The boyscouts sure thought I was strange. ("Do I smell spray paint?")
Obscura Day at dawn. Listen:
A small crowd gathers at the cul-de-sac of the unmade American Dream
1. SOMT: A telescoping box for changing the frequency of ambient sound.
I've done some binaural recordings around these things. In this one, your right ear will enter the box. Listen:
2. Fata Morgana: A curved box for trapping heat and producing an audio-mirage.
I pointed a shotgun microphone through this box to record people hanging out in the cul-de-sac. You'll hear the sound of Fata Morgana rotating as I swivel it to test the resonance of different peoples' voices. Listen:
3. Slowscope: A curved, telescoping box for collapsing the audio horizon.
I tested both ears for the Slowscope. Listen:
I have come to realize that even as installations in real space, at least two of these three prosthetics are actually models for something I'd like to produce on a much larger scale.
I have also left some markers on the site which denote the coordinates of a place-less cul-de-sac in a very precise way.