White Noise
Made in White City

RCA at White City Place:
Traces From Week Three

A sound that sends a shiver across your scalp. The ping of a text that startles you in a silent room. This week RCA's Making the Long Tail project created work that manipulates using audio and visual sensations, led by design historian Emily Candela.

Here are three pieces to ruffle your senses.


1. Watch a simulation of visual snow. 

How do you empathise with a visual condition as hard to articulate as visual snow? Eleanor Greenleaf's abstract video gives a hint of it effects, akin to a constant white noise across the field of vision. 

2. Listen to a drawing.

Yes, you read that correctly. Anna Ridler turns the act of drawing into a musical instrument with the help of a head-cam and an algorithm. As her stick of charcoal moves across the paper, the marks it makes summon an ethereal choir. She worked with composer Ben Heim from the Royal College of Music to program over 500 sounds that play as she draws different marks that the computer identifies on the canvas.

3. Take creative license with found sound and a synthesiser.

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Participants at Ronnie Deelen's sound processing workshop spent the morning collecting material: the buzz of a bee, the clank of a bike chain, voices echoing in the tiled entrance to White City tube. Then he remixed the results with a modular synthesiser, breaking and connecting signal paths to generate this spontaneous composition.

Other performances: Jonathan Joanes' £5 notes have been in the V&A and that's why he's selling them for two grand on eBay. Simon Knight paired sound pieces with smells that waft over the audience – smells like smokey pub, bullshit, or orange. Derck Littel's piece moved like a robot vaccuum cleaner, but was in fact a half-globe playing a remix of the BBC World theme music.

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