Whilst studying at the RCA, me and my classmate Robert Thorpe won a pitch for Absolut Vodka to design and create an immersive installation to be presented at the 2016 Sónar+D festival in Barcelona.
We spent around six weeks in the summer of 2016 working on “Frequency” – a sensory experience consisting of vibrations and light, where each colour from a wall of LED strips was mapped to various sound frequencies. We placed a speaker in each of the 16 plinths that made up our floor and sent a different frequency to each speaker, thus creating a floorspace where each plinth was vibrating slightly differently, inviting you to walk across the floor tiles and explore the different vibrations on each one whilst being immersed in colours that changed as you walked across the tiles.
One of the most interesting parts of the project was hearing from the participants about how they felt affected by the different vibrations. Some participants felt particularly relaxed on a given floor tile, whilst other vibrations made them feel slightly uneasy, and different parts of their body would feel particularly affected by certain kinds of frequencies. There seems like there is a huge scope in this field to keep exploring the effect of sound on the body and its stress-alleviating effects, and we hope to be able to work on research projects in the future revolving around this field of work.