'apostrov #3 : kdonovan «air vent»

3" cd-r, dual-mono 45 minutes, custom package, 150 copies.

air vent is a project that takes natural sounds out of their specific location, the sounds of peoples personal spaces [via mobile telephone] & places them live via radio senders or the internet into new contexts, into diverse locations, into both similar & contrasting environments.

the work stems from ideas based on the relationship between sound & the sound source; natural rhythms & patterns in everyday sound [background noise, dialogue, etc]; the fine line, & often friction between natural & synthetic sound in connection to space; audio & visual perception.

air vent was first realized with juni radio [www.juniradio.net ] at bootlab in berlin. phone calls were made hourly [almost like an alternative news] from berlin to various places throughout the world. participants were invited to 'air their space' for 5 minutes, free to make sound or use the telephone to record sound, in whatever way they wished.

mp3 excerpt1
1'37" 1.2mb

mp3 excerpt2
1'10" 0.8mb

mp3 excerpt3
0'59" 0.7mb

info on kdonovan

the project was further progressed during a residency with ‘the fear’ at hull time based arts [www.timebase.org ], from which these recordings were taken. visually, the performance made reference to a typical dj setup, using two telephones instead of turntables. calls were made to mobile phones around the world, recipients were asked to answer their telephone & simply to leave it to record the natural background noise of their immediate environment, to convey their specific time/space/situation through sound. these calls were broadcast at the htba a:nx performance space & sent live via the internet to other environments.