Sound Clip: Cave Study by Ryan Lautenbacher
This project titled ‘A Cave Study’ is a an exploration into site-specific sculptural sound and investigates the acoustic properties and the natural sculptural objects within an environment or space. The project is based around field recordings created during a recent trip to Thailand. Specifically those captured within ‘Diamond Cave’ in the province of Ao Nang. The piece is an exploration into the realms of minimalism, temporality and spatiality, with a focus on conceptual terms such as: materiality, timbre, space, physicality, density, process and production.
The technical context behind the piece is to use one source of audio from the site-specific sculptural objects and processed the audio through one method of synthesis, in this case I choose granular synthesis. Through this process of granular synthesis using the one sound source, I created over twenty different audio files and composed the piece only using envelope sculpting and volume automation to arrange and create the composition.