Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sun Boxes is a solar powered sound installation. It's comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. Inside each Sun Box is a PC board that has a recorded guitar note loaded and programmed to play continuously in a loop. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.
The piece creates space; it's an environment for one to enter and exit. the footprint this environment occupies is similar to that of a city. A metropolis. It's a burst of technology in the middle of nature. Unlike most cities I have been to, it does not just take over the space. Rather, Sun Boxes interfaces with the environment and collaborates with nature. It is the perfect combination of technology and nature that create art, an environment, and a metropolis.
Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers, and surround themselves with the piece. Certain speakers will be closer and, therefore, louder so the piece will sound different to different people in different positions throughout the array. Allowing the audience to move around the piece will create a unique experience for everyone.
We are all reliant on the sun. It's refreshing to be reminded of this. Our lives have filled up with technology. But we still need the sun and so does Sun Boxes. Karlheinze Stockhausen once said "using Short-Wave radios in pieces was like improvising with the world." Similarly Sun Boxes are collaborating with the planet and it's relation to the sun.
Photos by "Sexy" David Sanchez Burr