Visitors to “O telephone” experience a contemplative and responsive sound environment comprised of a ringing telephone and recordings of voices speaking ‘om.’ The installation recognizes various types of interactions between visitors and the phone and responds with a corresponding multi-channel sound experience. Within the installation, a modified 1960s telephone randomly rings and invites visitors to pick up its handset. If a viewer answers a ringing phone, a collection of voices speak ‘om’ through the handset and pan through the six speakers arranged around the phone. The installation continually adjusts the multi-dimensional sound arrangement as viewers interact with the phone. The symbol ‘om’ has represented various concepts since antiquity, including the sound of existence.
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