By Kaffe Matthews
Her Noise, South London Gallery, London
10 November - 18 December 2005
Curated by Lina Dzuverovic and Anne Hilde Neset
The Electra commission Sonic Bed is a purpose built wooden structure that accommodates a specially designed composition. The bed is a large wooden tank with polished wooden sides, the visitor lies within the wooden walls that house speakers, and lies on top of the sub woofers embedded in the mattress.
While lying on Kaffe Matthews's Sonic Bed the visitor becomes physically affected by a spectrum of sound vibrations shifting
underneath and around them. The 12 channel sound system immersed in the bed plays a specially constructed sound work, vibrating
through and moving around the visitor. Subtle and dynamic, at times beyond hearing, the composition uses the architectural map
of the human body and frequencies it is tuned to as its score. Sonic Bed plays music that is felt rather than necessarily heard.
Sonic Bed opens up an experience with music that is primarily physical, a constructed 4D sound pieces vibrate through and around the body. The music is architectural but temporal, exploring bioresonance and its particular combinations of frequencies.
A classically trained violinist, Kaffe Matthews is a composer and a sound artist based in London. She is as a leading figure and pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition. In 2005 Matthews received the NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship to develop her project Music For Bodies and subsequently of the Electra Her Noise commission, Sonic Bed has been recreated in Shanghai, Taipei, Marfa Texas, Quebec and Stirling, Scotland.