Blowing bubbles – 11 December

The fish wallpaper on the cover of the Sonic Wallpapers book inspires a lot of fun and speculation amongst onlookers. During the interviews for the project, many people attempted to interpret the moods of the fish, while others speculated on potentially comedic implementations of this wallpaper such as putting it across one entire wall in a living room ‘to pretend the whole room is a giant aquarium’.

BADDA 4772, image © MoDA and used with their kind permission

As with the sparklers discussed in a previous post, I therefore found myself searching for sounds that would evoke an air of play. I decided to augment some recordings created in the bathroom (where it was almost unanimously decided this paper should go) with some bubble-blowing. I used this to underscore the sense of fun and mischief in what people said about the design.

I have one copy of the Sonic Wallpapers book to give to someone who would like to have a domestic listening experience for themselves! The book has all 18 wallpaper designs from the MoDA collection used in this project, and a CD in the back which contains all the sound pieces. There are introductions both by myself and Zoe Hendon who is the curator of MoDA, and notes on what people said, and what sounds were recorded, for each wallpaper included in the project.

Sonic Wallpapers book

Sonic Wallpapers CD

To win a copy of the book, you just need to leave a comment on this post: -> about a wallpaper that you remember from your life, and one sound you recall from the room where that wallpaper was. If you cannot think of a wallpaper design and a sound, you could also leave one thought/response you have to this project. On 24th December, I will draw a number at random and post out a copy of the book to the winner!

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