großer Lauscher

New York, 2017

Spatial audio composition

“großer Lauscher” is German for “big eavesdropper”. This 12-channel ambisonic audio piece by mixed-media artist Alyssa Miserendino is designed to be experienced in total darkness. It is a spatial audio composition narrating of the encounter between Echo and Narcissus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses (English translation), recorded in the radar dome atop Field Station Berlin, built in the 1960s by the United States National Security Agency. In an adjacent room, visitors can read materials that supported the artist’s research for the piece. It was exhibited for the first time at Knockdown Center in Queens in the summer 2017.

Sound designer, audio system designer

Hardware: Multichannel audio system, computer

Software: Max/MSP + Spat~

Photos: Alyssa Miserendino, Arup

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