Ground Glass

4 channel sound installation

"Ground Glass" grapples with situatedness of how histories of time and place affect the travel and context of sound, as a medium that carries much more than meets the eye, and travels infinitely slower than visible data-or, light. A 4-channel audio installation amplifies the windows and walls of a space into speakers that transmit recordings made from inside the earth using seismographic equipment. Each channel transmits an audio recording of the same movement in time, recorded from various geo-locations. The recordings are slowed down by 100%, extending the audible moments to our ears, and pitched to the built environment within which it is listened to. Resonant frequencies within the earth and building are heard and felt by the viewer. 


Developed with support as a UCLA Art|Sci resident


Prototype as installed at Headlands Center for the Arts

Ground Glass sound documentation excerpt