Preliminary Ideas – 4D Sound Project


INNER OUT by Nicola Giannini

Inner Out is a surround concert for ice and Live Electronics. The piece focuses on the micro-sounds created by melting ice. The idea is to amplify  sounds that normally are not audible. Inner Out is inspired by macro photography that can provide, for example, the ability to closely observe the veins of a leaf.”

— Nicola Giannini


SOUND X SOUND by Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard

“By multiplying instruments again and again he makes the sound transcend itself and become a pure new sound. The sound of the individual instrument dissolves and reappears as untouched unheard sound.

His interest in multiplying sound, has lead to the SOUND X SOUND series, which is a series of works where each piece is an exploration of one single instrument that is multiplied.”

–Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard


CLINAMEN by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

“The title of clinamen, 2013, by French artist and composer Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, refers to the curve and swerve of celestial configurations; to the arc of the sun and the unpredictable motion of atoms moving through and colliding in space. This aquatic, acoustic installation set within the forecourt of the National Gallery of Victoria fills the space with colour and sound and creates an uncertain and changing form of chamber music, whose aleatory form is echoed aurally and pictorially.”

–National Gallery of Victoria


Our group is very inspired by these sound art installations. INNER OUT is a piece which involves amplifying the normally inaudible sound of melting ice, and it is centered on the object in its natural state. On the other hand, SOUND X SOUND involves the use of conducting/orchestrating a number of the same instrument to create a unified sound. Clinamen uses the natural collision of porcelain on water to create a variety of tempos and rhythms.

In the same way, we want to center our project around the natural sounds of the object(s) or space that we choose to focus on, and conduct an ensemble using these sounds.



  1. The toilets
  2. The beeping sounds of an open ADM door
  3. The clanking sounds of coins in people’s pockets

PRIMARY IDEA – Toilets: Our Shared Space
General Concept:

Toilets are a shared space amongst people from all walks of life; and within these space are more often than not, unspoken rules for people to follow. Flush the toilet after using, use only what you must. ‘Toilets: Our Shared Space’ explores the nature of getting people together, and with a set of simple but open instructions, to create a piece of music together; and enjoy the symphony of the space as itself.

Time taken: 5 to 20 mins (Varying and dependant on response)

– People will be led individually into the toilet with little to no idea of how the project is to be or about to witness the pure sense of interaction with people and the toilet as an environment, done by via a guide. The guide will not elaborate much on what to do and allow the participant some time to explore and find out.

– Strips of paper with instructions will be pasted at certain areas and corners of the toilet as ‘designated’ instruments. The instructions will be simple as “Knock against the door, 4 times in quick succession. Try to create a matching tempo/ harmony with the people around you.”

[The notion of not specifically being there to conduct the piece, and letting the people inside decide how fast is ‘fast’ in the instructions to them; and to see if people brought together are as cooperative and are able to work the piece out together.]

– The last person (without knowing) will be designated as the conductor, and given the chance to conduct the sounds as they are. They will also be given the choice to switch should another be willing to volunteer and take their place; to observe human interaction and see if a work is possible to work out on the fly. The recorders inside will persist and record as each sound continues to layer on one upon another as the symphony/ cacophony come to life.

Some sound possibilities:
– Basin (Faucet being turned on)
– Toilet bowl flushing
– Door banging
– Voices
– Hand dryer
– Foot stomping

1) Truth or lie?
Concept: A single person is led into the cubicle, where they are to sit there with doors closed for a while, whilst the group would have different scenarios. A post-it note will be pasted onto the back of the cubicle door, instructing people to tug on the roll of toilet paper once only when they hear voices outside. Listening, and eavesdropping as an innate curiosity in us that demands to be satisfied.

As the person tugs upon the toilet paper, facts would either juxtapose or match the words to the conversation heard outside. For instance, person X would be complaining to person Y outside about person Z; where the toilet paper would reveal that person X are spewing lies. It would test the human ability to discern truth and lies from just the voice; and that if we are able to tell so without looking at a person physically for cues.

2) Object of Scrutiny
Concept: People inherently, no matter how little or how badly, judge a person; and somehow it happens quite often when people are found to be alone and avoiding eye contact in the toilet. The said person would be led to the toilet and wait in the cubicles as group members walk in naturally. Then they either begin to praise or complain about the person inside the cubicle loudly; where the person inside can decide then when he or she would like to leave the cubicle.

Upon leaving, however, all praises or complains would cease completely. Everyone would go about their own business (wash hands, go into the cubicle or even tie shoelaces), as though the session never happened.

3) What will you do?
Concept: Inside the cubicle that the person is led to and told to await for the scene to start, they would hear urgent muttering of missing objects of great value or information that is hidden inside the very cubicle they are in. The scene outside would continue for a while as the person inside the cubicle would decide if he or she would take any course of action or await for the people involved in the scene to go away.

4) Rules of the Trade
Upon entering the toilet; and upon stepping on certain tiles from the selected individual, the group would scream or exclaim in different languages. The individual would not be able to know which tiles not to step save from a series of trial and error, where they will be navigated to the cubicle. Yet upon reopening the door, the set of ‘rules’ and tiles that cannot be stepped on changes as the languages themselves change.

It symbolises the idea of how regardless of a shared, common space; there are different rules to different cultures and settings.


Group role: find out the possible sounds that can be made in the toilet, set beats and timing for different parts (based on proposal 1)

Calista: Record “symphony” on presentation day + OSS research and update items

Claudia: Guide people to designated areas and record “symphony” on presentation day

Sammi: Typeset instructions and print for presentation day

Lydia: Introduction of project on presentation day + OSS research and update items

Vanessa: Specific instructions for music scores


4D Project 1 Singapore Story


I remembered that my mother would always tell me about her childhood whenever we visited Balestier Road, so I thought it would be great if I could find out a bit more about it for this project.

I went online to find out more about Balestier, and I found that the government has been preserving the area as a heritage site. There are Balestier Heritage Trail sign posts around the area and also an online brochure and website for people to take a look.

On one sunny Sunday, my father drove my mother and I to Boon Teck Rd, which is one of Balestier’s side roads.

Took a bunch of pictures while we explored the area:



As we walked, I would point out things I found interesting to my mother and ask if she remembered anything significant about it. Most of the landmarks, like Balestier Market, were pointed out by my mother. We walked around the main road after visiting Boon Teck Rd, then made our way to Whampoa Drive as well.

More pictures!








I wanted to let people experience the memories of what my mother and I saw in Balestier, and as memories do not have an end to them, I wanted to do something in which people could see what we saw indefinitely. I thought that gifs would be a great aspect of media that I could explore, which then let me to thinking that I could make gifs from the still shots that I took from the area. Since I took pictures as well, I thought it would be great to compile all of these “memories” into a webpage.

It has been a while since I used Weebly, and it seems even more advanced now (the lack of coding makes everything much easier to work with).

The only regret I have with using Weebly for this project is the fact that I’d have to pay to upgrade my account to insert background sound (which would help with bringing people more engaged in the project).

My project’s final artwork can be found on this website:

Review Post: New and emerging form of art

The following two art pieces from Waterloo centre caught my attention.


Artist: Fajrina Razak

Title: Jalan Nan Juah (Far Distant), 2017

Medium: Batik painting on cotton, bamboo poles

“This artwork comprises 9 sets of contemporary batik paintings infused with tradition textile motifs. The imagery is inspired by Banyumas, a regency in Central Java, where the artist’s ancestors originate. The artist invites viewers to pass in between the paintings, creating a short journey through the work, and by extension, through the artist’s identity.”


When I first caught a glimpse of this work, it reminded me of my childhood — I went on a family to Melaka when I was around 7 years old, and the hotel we were staying in had a batik painting session. It also reminded me of how my family used to wear batik printed pajamas many years ago.

I felt that the artist made great use of the windy and rustic environment to give their art piece its traditional mood. From the text, the main topic of interest is the artist’s identity, and I felt that the work greatly represented this idea and traced her traditional roots. The way the batik paintings were done on a thin piece of cotton and the vibrant colors used were able to express the traditional Javanese culture effectively.

However, I feel that the motivations in this piece will only be able to get across a few people, ultimately only those who have experienced a part of Javanese culture before. In my case, the text related to my initial impression of the piece – cultural identity. If it were to be shown to other people who have not experienced a part of Javanese culture before, it would be great if the artist could, keeping the environment in mind, present more artifacts or items of the Banyumas to further accentuate the idea of the artist’s identity in this art piece.



Artist: Chan Jia Yu

Title: So Far Yet So Near, 2017

Medium: Plastic bags

“This work explores the idea of temporality, stemming from the artist’s interest in how quickly plastic bags transform from an essential into trash. The installation focuses on the lightness and translucency of the plastic bag, and the natural elements of wind and light can alter our experience of this common object.”


Walking into the space where the art piece was installed, I first thought that the rows of white were clay, but after squatting down to get a closer look, I realized that they were actually rows of plastic bags, cut out into squares and put together. This art piece first encourages you to examine the installment more closely, then engages you to think of the possible motivations of the artist.

However, I feel that there is not much of an emotional response, other than curiosity. I also feel that the art piece was rather vague in terms of its meaning, and I could not discern what exactly the artist’s motivations were. Why cut the plastic bags into square pieces?  Why were the plastic squares placed together in such a fashion? Was it because of  the way plastic bags are sold in bulk? The text does not fully explain the arrangement and fashion of the medium, which frustrates me a lot.

I personally feel that the way the plastic bags were placed did not help with the idea of focusing “on the lightness and translucency of the plastic bag”, as they were packed too densely together and the wind could not affect them much. The artist could perhaps improve on this by hanging the plastic bags from the ceiling or pipes instead to emphasize the lightness and translucency of the plastic bags. The plastic bags could also be shredded or be torn in some ways to express the idea of the speed of them turning into trash.