Research Residency

John Wynne


John developed this site-specific installation in collaboration with filmmaker Atom Egoyan, in a large converted kiln and an adjacent hall at Snape Maltings. Commissioned by Jonathan Reekie for Faster Than Sound, Nocturnal was based on a piece composed by Benjamin Britten for guitarist Julian Bream. John deconstructed Britten's original composition, diffusing it in time and space across a strategically placed set of 11 speakers and 4 subwoofers. Two speakers were placed 10 metres above at the apex of the kiln. A super-directional speaker focused one channel of sound where the spotlight falls on the floor in the image to the left, the optimal viewing position for the camera obscura video image reflected into the space through a window which was originally a grain chute.

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