Sound-Poetry and Sound-Art (together at last)

So. Winterlude kicked off this past weekend, and I celebrated by, of course, checking out the ice sculptures, but also by paying a visit to the current sound-sculpture art installation at City Hall.

There’s an interactive sound-sculpture installed there until March 4th, and I highly recommend that you check it out (and bring your poetry with you).

Donna Legault‘s Cymatic Imprints is an interactive sculpture built from sand, shotgun microphones, audio mixers, aplifiers, speakers, and steel ball-chains combined with custom Pure Data software. Which doesn’t sound like much, but when you see it, and interact with it, it’s pure magic.

I went to the sculpture, knowing what it was, with the intent of interacting with (and causing) steel rain.

The glass doors to the installation were locked – it was Saturday, and the gallery is only open during the work-week proper – but that didn’t matter.
I was a singer before I was a poet, so I sang through the locked doors and made the ball-chains danced in their suspension, leaving the trails of their passage in the sand gathered at their feet.
It’s like being in a rainstorm.
I loved it!😀

I love seeing the power of sound, of voice, made manifest like that. We’re such a visually-oriented culture that sometimes we forget the power that lives in our voices, in the music we make, in the stories we tell. Spoken word artists get it, but not everybody does.

If you’re in town and can get to city hall on a given week day, I highly recommend that you check it out. If you’ve ever doubted that your words have power, open your mouth and let your voice out. Speak here and you’ll never doubt it again.

TTFN,
A.

Donna Legalut's "Cymatic Imprints" is on display and available for interaction at City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa) from Jan 20th to March 4th, 2012.

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