Bandt, Ros


Taming the Wind: Aeolian sound practices in Australia

Organised Sound: Vol. 8 no. 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 195-204.


Language(s): English


Sound Installation Public Art


The movement of air is a powerful sound generator. Its presence has been perceived and encoded for over 40,000 years in Australia. It is present in natural and humanly organised environments. This paper traces various wind paths, from natural casuarinas to telegraph wires. Artists such as Peggy West-Moreland, Joan Brassil, Alan Lamb, Jon Rose, Chris Cree Brown, Jodi Rose, the present author and many others have devised their own Aeolian works that interpret, tame or represent the wind for acoustic purposes. Their attitudes to wind-powered sound installations are compared and contrasted against a variety of installation genres, found, permanent, semi-permanent, and ephemeral.

All references of the same author:


Bandt, Ros (2004). The Listening Place: Alma Park's Cross Cultural Voices
Bandt, Ros (2005). Designing Sound in Public Space in Australia: a comparative study based on the Australian Sound Design Project's online gallery and database
Bandt, Ros (2006). Sound Installation: Blurring the Boundaries of the Eye, the Ear, Space and Time