Jamie Hamilton

Composer & Sound Artist

Silent Memory Loom (2013)

Installation for tape recorder, solenoids, computer, microphones

Silent Memory Loom is an installation canceling noise, isolating and
revealing the original acoustic ambience of a room. It is a work about
absence and resonance.
Short moments of near-silence which happen in the dying moments of a
sound are recorded onto a half-hour tape loop. Within a noisy
environment these decaying sounds reveal the ambience and acoustic
characteristics of a space. By gradually collaging these near-silences,
we create situation similar to a weaving loom, or a long-exposure
photograph; a patchwork of overlapping room ambiences is created,
removing ephemeral events from our perception.
Over the duration of the exhibition, there is an accumulation of these sound fragments.
Through headphones, a listener can listen to this process, hearing their present environment with a layer of acoustic removal.
Silent Memory Loom - I

Silent Memory Loom - II

Silent Memory Loom - III