Interactive sound work, Artspace, Karangahape Road, Auckland, New Zealand, 02.05.14 — 14.04.15
La Scala is site specific interactive sound work produced for the 2014 Chartwell Stairwell commission at Artspace
in Auckland. La Scala opened on May 2nd 2014 and will be installed for a year.
A series of 23 brass tubular bells are suspended one from each tread of the staircase and reaching down to the ground.
When a visitor steps on a tread an actuator is triggered to ring the corresponding bell.
The length of each tube determines the pitch of the bell and the pitch descends as a person climbs the stairs eventually becoming subsonic and generating harmonics. The harmonic progression is a direct sonification of the geometry of the staircase.
Julian Priest: La Scala 2014/15 from Artspace NZ on Vimeo.
photographs and video by Luke McPake