[PD] [OT] gallery installation sound

Ben Saylor bensaylor at fastmail.fm
Wed Feb 7 22:13:29 CET 2007

I haven't done any sound installations, but in thinking about a 
particular space had some ideas for dealing with these acoustical 
issues.  You could design the sound for the space, working with rather 
than against the acoustics.  If possible, you could capture the impulse 
response of the space (perhaps in multiple locations), then as you work 
on the sound, use convolution to hear how it will sound in the space.  I 
guess the degree to which you can adapt your piece depends on how far 
along you already are.

Alternatively, you could acoustically treat the space using acoustic 
foam or rigid fiberglass.  This page has tons of good info:



Kevin McCoy wrote:
> Hello all,
> Apologies for the ot post; I've got my final thesis show coming up in 
> early April and I'm doing all sound work using Pd.  The gallery space I 
> am using is actually quite poor for acoustics, as it's got a concrete 
> floor and metal roofing.  It's relatively small though - two hallways 
> each about 10 feet by 30 feet large (3 by 9 meters if you like) making a 
> "T" shape.  I would like to do two 4 channel sound installations, 
> perhaps one for each hallway.
> I know there are many sound scientists and artists on the list so I 
> thought I would ask if anyone knows of resources to look at for dealing 
> with these kinds of issues?  How are other artists sorting these things 
> out?  Any links or recommendations would be very helpful.  Low ends tend 
> to get very muddy and the highs and mids spill all over the place.  Are 
> there certain tricks I could use in mixing or placement/kinds of 
> speakers to preserve the highs and mids better in a difficult space?  
> This might be a difficult question since you can't hear the piece in 
> person, but even general advice would be very helpful.
> Also if any of you have documentation of your own installations, I would 
> love to see them.
> Thanks!
> Kevin
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