Sound Wave Collider

Outdoor Sculptural Sound Installation

Sound Wave Collider is a sculptural sound installation made of large air-ducting tubes and giant cones that emit a chorus of soundscapes into special listening zones.

The concept for Sound Wave Collider was first realised after IOU Artistic Director David Wheeler’s residency in Antarctica as part of the British Antarctic Survey and Arts Council England, Artists and Writers Scheme.

The installation was originally commissioned by Junction Goole in 2012 with soundscape by contemporary music composer Yannis Kyriakadis. It was based on the sound of high velocity vortex rings and was part of a series of works made by David on natural phenomena following his time in Antarctica.  This collaboration produced Speaking Tubes and Vortex – a live musical piece for eight musicians played through the installation.

Now called Sound Wave Collider, the installation has been redesigned for outdoor spaces and reimagined for compositions created by sound artists and musicians that are specific and unique to the sculpture’s location.

From July to September 2023 Sound Wave Collider was sited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park as part of their Curiosity and Wonder programme.

IOU commissioned sound artist Jason Singh to create a unique listening experience for the Sound Wave Collider from recordings taken by him from across the park over 5 days.  These recordings captured the hidden sounds of sculptures, plants, underwater organisms and wildlife of the surrounding landscape, creating a resonating sound world, wholly unique to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

During its residency at the park the Sound Wave Collider featured a Family Rave with Jason playing a 4 hour set, through the sculpture’s metal structures,  of ambient and global music inspired by nature, and 2 sound walks where he invited audiences to slow down and listen to the sounds of the landscape

The installation was also visited by the Art Group from St Augustines, the West Yorkshire based charity that supports people fleeing war and persecution and seeking asylum. The group took park in an artist led workshop responding to hearing, touching and feeling the sounds from the sculpture