In Las Vegas, there are hidden noises everywhere. Hidden voices whisper, shout and sing from all corners. Walking through Downtown and The Strip is a chance encounter with these voices, distributed across the city in an aleatoric mix. But Las Vegas is more than just music and sound effects, it is also a rare example of an attempt to build space with sound. The idea of the ‘distributed sound system’ is taken to extremes in this city, creating a varied and often mysterious sonic landscape.
As part of an ongoing exploration of the sonic environment of Las Vegas, this work distributes multiple ‘sonic objects’ in different locations in downtown Las Vegas. Left alone, they begin to releases their own secret sounds back into the city.
© 2019 Douglas Moffat