Today I visited the Vigeland Mausoleum, a building with one of the longest reverberations in the world, around 20s in total, but actually you only get to hear about 8s on my recording due to the movement and actions of the other persons within the space.
Interestingly, upon entering the space we were given instructions not to speak. This engendered a rather interesting reaction, in that everyone really wanted to make sound but were too polite to do so. So, there was a lot of loud stepping, coughing (I may have started the trend for this!) and occasional whistling. As such the recording of this space alone could serve as an interesting document for exploring the human reaction to spaces and in pushing the boundaries of quiet. What is socially acceptable, what sounds can you get away with while still being ‘quiet’?
One other sound that I was able to record was the excellent squeak/screech of the chairs against the floor of the mausoleum. This created a very nice pitched decay which at one point even had the interesting social effect of causing all other persons in the space to stop moving, I think that everyone was listening to this sound, engaging in a shared appreciation of this forbidden noise.
Metro and NationalTheatret station.
After the mausoleum I headed back into town on the metro. I was travelling with Magnus Brugge who had kindly offered to visit mausoleum with me. It’s a good thing he did because it was a little out of the way, with no real signs providing direction to the place. But I would very much recommend the trip to anyone interested in sound.
We headed over to the NationalTheatret station to the circular room that Anders T had mentioned in December. On the way we passed down some excellent escalators which made a wonderful clanking sound and onto one of the platforms which was a giant concrete tube. I captured the sound of a train in this space, though was perhaps a little too far along the platform when the train arrived to capture the full sense of the space.
Passing back out from the other end of the platform we travelled back up some escalators (not such a cool sound) along a corridor and into the circular space. This room had a stepped ceiling, with sections gradually reducing in diameter. The space created a very present flutter reverb, with a small metal disk at the centre of the floor that served as a sounding object (rocking back and forth when stepped on). The space was interesting and perhaps effective as a piece of sonic architecture but I’m not sure if I’ll end up using this sound in my piece.