The Wire


Aura Satz exclusive

March 2010

View footage from Sound Seam, Aura Satz’s collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski, shown as part of the AV Festival 2010

View an exclusive clip from the filmic installation of Sound Seam, Aura Satz’s collaboration with Aleks Kolkowski, which premiered at the Great North Museum Hancock in Newcastle as part of the AV Festival 2010.

The film uses microscopic close-ups of gramophone grooves and the anatomy of the ear, while the accompanying music, composed by Aleks Kolkowski, includes wax cylinder recordings and otoacoustic sounds emitted by the ear. The intriguing ‘forensic love story’, which draws on the German poet Rilke’s 1919 suggestion to play the coronal suture of the skull with a gramophone needle, is revealed by listening to the multi-channel soundtrack through a theatrical array of gramophone and phonograph horns, ear trumpets and an 8ft Auxetophone horn.

Exhibition produced by AV Festival 10 in partnership with Great North Museum: Hancock.
Funded by The Wellcome Trust and produced during an Artist Residency at the Ear Institute, UCL, London. Sound design produced with support from the AHRC.

Watch a solo drum performance by Ikuro Takahashi

In February 2010, Japanese percussionist Ikuro Takahashi performed at Akebono Art and Community Centre in Sapporo, capital city of Japan’s northernmost main island Hokkaido. Film maker Mikio Saito was there to capture it