6-7 June saw a host of sound aficionados gathering at Chelsea College of Art’s Sounding Space symposium for discussions centred around the BE OPEN Sound Portal. This event was both a showcase for work produced by UAL students, who have been using the Portal to develop sound art, and marked the culmination of BE OPEN’s year-long exploration into sensory design.
The Portal is a state-of-the-art, ambisonic space, devised by BE OPEN, Arup and the London Design Festival. UAL students have had an opportunity to explore it in three quite different ways, with the results of their work being played in the Portal during the Symposium. Pieces ranged from fictional conversation, to the sounds of microphones being dragged along the floor, to rhythmic drumming and singing.