I wanted to produce a sound able to fill a large space, and entice an audience into an experience.
My initial fascination was the projection of light when the bowl was raised, and this was something I wanted to capture as much as the sound.
Placing the hydrophone near to the pump added another dimension to the sculpture: an effect inside the bowl, water interacting with the pump and hydrophone, whilst making light reflections through the bowl, projecting on the surface to illustrate this sound as it happens.
Each part of the sculpture was necessary to hold the weight of the bowl and the water, with the clamps and lamp adding a scientific look to the sculpture.
I wanted the experience to be unique, and let the imagination of the audience speak for itself.
The responses to the experience from the piece that I found interesting were that “the water was nurturing the microphone”; the orb “all seeing, all knowing”; and that, as an audience, “we are in the bowl and outside the bowl”.
I wanted it to be unusual and strange, but at the same time to have an intrigue that would have the same effect on the audience as it had on me when experimenting that first time. I was excited, and couldn’t really understand it, but it amazed me and it still does.
Lee Riley is a sound/visual artist based in Oxford, working under the name Euhedral as well as his own. The sound and light sculpture Untitled was recently installed as part of Blessing Force 4 at Modern Art Oxford, curated by Oxford collective Blessing Force