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Six Cushions is Not Equal to One Body

A concrete beam is embedded with cables, speakers, and microphones and presses its mass upon six acoustic foam cushions.

From 1895 to 1898, a team of researchers at Harvard University moved seat cushions (many hundreds of times) between two lecture halls throughout the night in order to conduct sonic experiments.

Their efforts resulted in the publication of a formula which allowed for any room’s reverberation time to be precisely calculated—thus, the birth of Acoustics as a modern scientific field.

The Sabine equation can be used to claim that the presence of six seat cushions is acoustically equivalent to one human body. The installation, however, materializes what the formula does not factor into its considerations.

Concrete, Acoustic Foam, Embedded Electronics, Audio Cable, Steel, Sound (12 minutes)


100 x 77 x 28 cm

Presented at Readymaking #6: "Sounds and Bodies in Movement"

Curated by Steffi Weismann and Janine Eisenächer

Funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V. 

Errant Sound

Berlin, Germany

July 2022

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