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Toine Horvers - Chartres, one Hour of Sound in a Gothic Cathedral

English edition. Besides being the house of God, a cathedral also functions as a
resonance box. Language inspired artist Toine Horvers approaches sound
as an autonomous energy. One day, a weekday in 1999, he set up his
recording equipement in Chartres’ cathedral. In a timespan of one hour
and from a fixed point he absorbed all the sounds that emanated from
within. There were no religious services. This recording was used in his
installation Silence Gothiques. This publication is a
translation of these sounds. It is a recording in words, avoiding all
the usual vernacular. No sound imitating words, no words derived from
seeing, no words conveying human feelings, no poetic/expressive phrases,
among others. It’s describing sound in sound language.

Publisher: Onomatopee / ISBN: 978-94-91677-08-3
Medium: Book


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