Compost is an interactive sound installation with recovered technological waste (“e-waste”), including speakers.
The installation is structured in two sound diffusion spaces :
Space 1 : the « compost bin »
Space 2 : the « garden »
Each space has a multichannel diffusion system.
The installation offer to be given the possibility to switch from one diffusion space to another by opening and closing the compost bin.This gesture triggers and transforms sound objects in real time. We thus participate in the open form of the composition.
Opening of the compost bin (space 1)
By opening the compost bin, we see recovered technological waste, piled up, and we hear a fairly dense sound texture that varies with each opening. In the manner of a garden compost, we find parts of household objects (recovered in the streets of the city), mainly randomly arranged loudspeakers, intertwined with cables, electronic circuits, and a few pieces broken plastics.
Close the bin and open the “garden” (space 2)
When you close the bin, you “open” the garden which is made of metal rods on which are hung small speakers also recovered. The “opening” consists of the diffusion in the loudspeakers of the garden of a large number of sound objects. The lower the lid, the more objects are. The density of the composition is then highlighted by the distribution of the speakers in this space. Subsequently, the visitor is free to browse the installation and sit down to listen to the composition, which varies according to the audience’s participation.
From the point of view of composition, we will not listen to classical fundamentals, its measures and its harmonic proportions, but, just as we observe nature in every detail, the singular aspect of sound and its multiple scale relationships .
The “Compost” project was selected by the CDMC (Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine) for the “Composition musicale et jardins” Days in 2012 and subsequently scheduled at the Archipel Festival in Geneva for the world premiere in 2013. The installation was also programmed for the 50th anniversary of the Royaumont Foundation, and the Festival Voix Nouvelles, in Royaumont Abbey in 2014.
Compost installation was a candidate at the 2015 Jardins-sur-Loire Festival