Pneumatic Nomadic is an experiment into finding a critical understanding of how different sounds alter the way we navigate both our physiological and psychological world.
The project comprises a wearable sculptural headset, a number of “sounding stones” and a shared glass resonator, each of which amplifies a single frequency and obscures others. The listening devices are intended to adjust people's attitudes to their sonic perception of their world by ultimately purifying the chaotic environment. Rather than masking unwanted sounds, the project aims to make use of the acoustic properties of various materials to affect, transform and regulate sounds from the soundscape.
The two main functional components of the devices are Helmholtz resonators (1860, Hermann von Helmholtz) and enclosed and semi-closed containters as sensory localizers. To experience the frequency of the sounding objects, you need to embrace the sculptural device and hold it to your ear in an interactive experience called “hearing through touching”. When you’ve embraced the device, it will emit a low-range frequency and when you’ve placed the headset sculpture on, it will play a meditative frequency.