Otso Havanto

About time

Sound has an inevitable relationship with time. Even when recorded and played back, sound is sensed at the present moment, one tiny chunk at a time. Sound exists only when it already ceases to exist. Light seems less tied to the dimension of time. Light can be recorded for years and the recording can be sensed at a glance.

Starting point of the work is the relationship between sound, light and time. Lamp cycles through different stages and light creates a sound that exists only at the moment of hearing. Observer inevitably affects the events by being present.

The work consists of a lamp and an array of light sensors. Sensors transform the emitted light into an electrical voltage. The voltage controls an analog synthesiser creating a soundscape.

Exhibited at Akusmata as part of Ääniaalto 2019.

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