Research

Hertz: Poetic resonances 

This current project includes research into the processes for finding subtle auditory frequencies that are concentrated within living beings (humans, animals, plants, minerals). With the found data the artist creates aural experiences through sound compositions, which are ultimately presented as sound installations or live acts.
In the present day, there exists various different technological processes to interpret the signals of frequencies emitted by live beings, by means of its energy. In my work I adopt ancient methods that are understood as hidden sciences – specifically dowsing – a technique that will perhaps always have its critics. I was introduced to the process by witnessing its efficiency in finding water deposits with clear precision, regarding orientation, depth and quantities of contained water.

Dowsing works by making subtle contact between hands/fingers and pendulums, copper rods, or bifurcated branches. The responses of subtle movements or impulses are binary, so can be interpreted as a “yes” or “no”. It is therefore possible to arrive at accurate approximations about what is sought – in this case the values of internal frequencies in living beings – and for this I managed to establish a method of questions, protocols and a board that simplifies the search procedure. Finding the data generates frequency sounds from software that creates sine waves.

The characteristics of these values are usually severe tones, between 70hz and 220hz, which stimulate body mass, but it is also possible to obtain higher values from 380hz to figures above 20,000hz, which continue to rise to higher data, which are possible to reproduce technologically but imperceptible to the human ear – despite this the vibrations can still be felt.