As a continuation from the mapping, my interests seem to linger around sounds making or sounds recordings and the interpretation of it visually through the making of lines. I did some research of categories of sounds making and that includes musical instruments, voice recorder, gramophone record (vinyl), modern digital recordings, etc. I found the old way of recording and playing back sound first apparatus created by Thomas Edison’s Phonograph is much more interesting and has that classic feeling to it and yes, relatable to my current work scope which produced graphic lines pattern of waveform. It’s been known before that, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville had completed a method for making graphic records of sound waveforms, patented in 1857 as the Phonautograph. The subject spoke into a drum; a vibrating stylus then scratched the image of the sound wave onto a layer of lamp black coating a paper wound round a revolving cylinder, or onto a glass plate.
Going back and forth between the two different time of Janet’s and ours, the lines produced then and now would be very different which means it kind of resonates time. In terms of space, it really does. I imagine if this is used in a big hall, the echo would probably create different kind of lines pattern. Am just stating that the nature of the lines is already identifies a moment; its space, time, people, activity.
This is an example of what was produced onto a layer of lamp black coating a paper wound . Scanned from one of Scott’s originals in the archive of the Institut de France and published by Firstsounds.
I also found a few remakes of the Phonautography in 2010 by Ander Mikalson which I believe can be made as one the precedents. Here is one example:
Soot (smoke) on paper
Materials he used was steel, plaster, wood, sheepskin, feather and paint, 62.5 x 30 x 60 inches. Taken from his website, http://andermikalson.com/Phonautograph , “the resulting images are a record of the first sound played on the first sound recording device – a compression of scientific discovery, a conflation of the histories of humanity and the universe.” For my own model, I am still figuring out on how to produce one of these or at least half of the system in most easy material to find. How to work with the precision of the drum rotation since it is handled manually with a careful speed in order to come up with at least, a working system of phonautograph machine?
Another precedent example: A remake of phonautograph machine in 2010 by Matthew Denniss.
Made of wood, electronic components, motors, microphones, paper. http://www.cowhousestudios.com/ireland/for-artists/artist-residency/2010/matthew-denniss_files/DSC_0449.html One of his interests area is forgotten technologies but always engaging directly with the world and collective individuals within it.
On further note, what I find more intriguing is how this device somehow is the physical realization of the imagination, the invented scenarios of Janet’s and can actually become the secret codes behind her voice recordings which are hidden in these lines (or at least, what I like to believe). But still, I’m having this thought of how to connect her realization of imagination with mine through this model? Or I don’t necessarily have to?
(Having so much thoughts. Still having doubts if this proposal is a go-go)