Immersive Installation – Tracing Transcendental Tone

ORIGINS: How can informative/educational aspects of a documentary be expressed in a physical installation that enables the audience to experience the subject matter of the narrative? A multi-channel work transforming the documentary from something to watch into a place to visit.

This immersive work takes the audience of deep listening on an audio-visual journey across India – it creates a space to experience the potency of sound and its use in spiritual practices. Four video screens configured as a seamless cube along with 3D spatial audio create an environment where natural tones of landscape ebb and flow with the interviews, silence and music. Content is structured around a feature documentary that follows a sound pilgrimage through the mountains, cities and rivers and jungles with the video screens providing a lush and detailed evocation of these environments. The expansion of narrative across four screens allows the audience to experience deep sensory engagement with the music performances and natural ambiences.

SOURCE AND SUBJECT: A sound pilgrimage across India exploring ‘sacred sound’ through recorded performances and interviews.

KEYWORDS: Nada, Hindustani Classical, Vedanta, Mantra, Meditation, Qawwali Sufi, Kirana Gharana, Carnatic, Tibetan Buddhist, Nature Sounds.

TECHNICAL: Immersive Four-channel installation that spatially reconfigures narrative within a ‘room’ using screens set at 90 degrees and multipoint audio (8 – channel) and full spatial mix. (75mins) Edit will develop the single-channel version above using material already shot and archived. The resulting work will also lend itself to distribution via VR headset (3D Unity programming Google 360° ).

4 x HD Projectors

8 x Audio Monitors

1 x Video Display Adapter to provide 4 HD Video Streams

1 x Eight Channel Sound Card

1 x Mac/PC to loop video clips

4 x Extended HDMI Cables

8 x Extended Audio Cabling

4 x Screens as Required

Images from video presentation at iDocs used to illustrate projected immersive installation. (four channels at bottom of the screen – composite visualisation at the top).

EXAMPLE 1 – Interviewee in ‘expanded’ setting.
EXAMPLE 2 – Illustrative material with montage of shots that offer broad geographical context.
EXAMPLE 3 – Abstract imagery used to offer visual interpretation of sound ‘visual music’.