Sarah Song Xiaran is a new media artist currently based in London. After earning a degree in Film and Media Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, she is now pursuing an MFA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths.
Sarah’s practice lies at the junction of the natural world, sound as well as visuals. She works in a variety of media and most of her artworks aim to explore the creative relationships and possibilities between nature and digital technology and to find poetic meaning in everyday life. Always fascinated by the macroscopic world and by the concepts of minimalism and surrealism, she believes mystery reveals itself to us through nature and time. She loves to experiment with patterns, texture and mixed media in order to share her vivid imagination.
10 SEC OF SAHARA (2018)
A 3‘30 experimental audiovisual composition made with MaxMSP.
NATURE - WIND - NOISE - FROTTAGE
For most of us, our soundscapes today are urban and non-organic. How many of us already forget that our default soundscape should be nature? We are surrounded by sound and also, by noise such as construction noise, loud music or transportation noise. “What is music but organized noises?” this question posed by Edgard Varèse inspired me to explore noise as music.
The idea of this experimental project is to play with the Wind, a white noise sound from nature. By using a variety of manipulation techniques, rhythmic digital sound can be generated by only one audio source (a 10-sec pre-recorded sound file), together with corresponding visuals. Therefore, I used the sand wave video footage which I took during a trip to Sahara desert as a visualisation the wind which has been created by nature.