Depending on the Weather

Depending on the Weather

Sound installation

Wayne Siegel

The Birgit Nilsson Hall, RAVINEN Kulturhus

 

Depending on the Weather is a brand-new sound installation by the Danish-American composer and sound artist Wayne Siegel. It is a work where the weather and the nature around RAVINEN control how the work sounds.

Depending on the Weather is RAVINEN’s commissioned work and takes place in the Birgit Nilsson Hall in 6 speaker channels during our opening hours between March and June.

The work opens with a half-hour concert and mingling where Wayne Siegel himself plays and interacts with the sound installation together with Per Thornberg on saxophone and Stefan Klaverdal on piano. What is heard in the concert has never been heard before and is a premiere performance!

 

Wayne Siegel about the work:

Depending on the Weather is an immersive electronic soundscape that plays continuously, constantly changing, like the weather. The work is a site-specific installation created especially for the concert hall at RAVINEN. The installation is an algorithmic (rule-based) composition that creates music in real time using a specially designed computer program created by the composer. The music is influenced by current weather data and can never repeat itself.

 

There are three basic musical elements: 1) sustained electronic 12-voice drones, 2) bell-like fanfares and 3) a mixture of twelve morphed sound recordings of water, wind and other elements. The drones and bells are affected by data streamed from a weather station in Båstad using the OpenWeatherMap app. The morphed sounds are directly controlled by a camera installed in the window of the concert hall that is focused on the trees in the park at RAVINEN. The motion of the trees moving in the wind will directly and immediately influence the sounds. Birds flying by and cloud movement will also be transformed into sound.

 

When there is little wind, the installation will be calm and fairly quiet, alternating between the drones with occasional bell sounds and the morphed sounds. On a windy day, the sound will be louder and wild, and the morphed sounds will sometimes occur together with the drones and bells.

 

Several weather factors affect the music:

  • Wind speed (measured in meters per second) affects volume, section duration, and which sections will be chosen.
  • Air Pressure (measured in millibars) affects the duration of pauses and bell fanfares
  • Humidity (measured in percent) affects the drone sound color and the probability of bell fanfares occurring
  • Cloud cover (measured in percent) affects the duration of the bell fanfares
  • Movement of the trees in the park outside RAVINEN affects the volume and mix of the twelve morphed sounds.

 

The experience for visitors will vary greatly from day to day and from hour to hour, depending on the weather. The music is played on a six-channel system (surround sound) in the concert hall. Visitors can enter and leave the hall at any time and are encouraged to experience the installation at different times and in different types of weather.

Wayne Siegel, February 2024

 

The work is presented with support by Kulturrådet!