“Coil Imagine” — Cinema for the Ear

 

The audio above is the first part of this structured sound project, which takes the verb “Coil” as its central theme, and uses studio recorded sounds as its materials, to create an “acoustic texture.”

The word coil, to me, means a spiral motion to arrange objects (such as spring or tape measures). And the motion can go both ways — make things either tighter or looser. But the consistency of coiling is that it loops until reaching a certain point and then repeat itself another time, but on the other hand, the process is not necessarily continuous. In my sound project, I tried to use loops of various sounds that go on and off in different orders, which creates not only an overall textural structure but also conveys the concept of coiling’s repetitiveness without strictly replicating the exact process. Also, it includes intense uses of switching back and forth the left/right audio balance to create the illusion of space and circular or spiral movement behind.

Moreover, while thinking of coiling, most of the time it indicates a more mechanical or industrial environment. But in this case, I tried to explore it in everyday and natural context — which incorporates the sounds of scratch paper, water drops, coins, and the ones imitating instruments and insects buzzing.

 

This project was created based on the “Coil” project. It aims at presenting the theme of “Coil Imagine.” It uses various sound sources including recordings from Voiceover Booth studio, outside field in New York City, and vibrations of multiple materials.

By mixing pointillistic structure and continuous textures across the work, I manipulated the sounds in ways that allow them to indicate the process of imagining something (in spiral motion) in a noisy and modern yet a “natural” city. The sounds throughout vary in their loudness, distortion, duration and so on, which provides a complicated dynamic. While listening to this audio, one can experience quiet and peaceful meditation as well as sudden and surprising abruption; and eventually, the listener would probably recognize that those are expected or unexpected “stories” that they encounter every day.