The application of this research can broadly be described as attempt to reconnect the individual and the compound of our infrastructure by means of illustrating when both fail. A moment of vulnerability in the day to day experiences of a modern world. The projects range from durations of half hour concerts to whole day events, some relating specifically to the preceding chapters while others tend to linger in nonsense.

Theatre School, Amsterdam -February 2003

A recording was made of a cool-drink dispenser fridge in the lobby of the school. It was then amplified through speakers mounted in the roof coupled with a second sound source, a low frequency produced by an oscillator, an octave lower than the hum of the recorded fridge. Considerably louder than the actual source the composite sounds remained plausible as an ambient source. Even when drastically modifying the lower note, few people would react. This came to illustrate just how robust urban folk are. With the next experiment this would differ.


Heiniken Parking garage, Amsterdam, April 2003

Arnold Schoenberg, Opus 37, second movement

A string duo recite a piece by Schoenberg in a parking garage on a Wednesday afternoon. People able to hear or see the recital were either passing by in cars or walking towards the stairs to exit the garage.


Dejaaren, Amsterdam April 2003

A fake emergency exit sign was mounted in between two toilet entrances of a popular resturant. With a previous registration of an expiring fluorescent tube, the sign was mounted with hidden speakers which played the sounds of the tube at a slightly louder than usual volume. The light was flashing at the same intervals. Also planted in the space was a generic form of elevator music with an uncanny relationship to the rythym displayed by the exit sign. In part, this was an attempt to have malfunction acknowledged as musical.


Albert Heijn Supermarket, Amsterdam March 2003

Practically all walls of the supermarket are mounted with fridges for various products.
In the red meat section a recording of the fridge was made and an amplification system mounted inside the fridge. Proximity sensors were linked to the signal so that a person nearing the fridge would bring up the volume of the fridge. People generally did not notice anything odd although some realised the effect their position was having on the sound or apparent malfunction of the appliance. Several people complained although most walked by unperturbed.


Volkskrant Canteen, Amsterdam, both February and March 2003

A recording of a large, horizontal salad fridge present in the canteen of a local newspaper was amplified over 8 speakers mounted in the roof during two lunch breaks. Coupled with a tone produced by an oscillator, one octave higher, the sound of the fridge had actively laced the higher frequency to become practically unheard. People generally ignore the constant hum. When the higher tone was altered however, people present would immediately look around trying to locate the source of the sound. After several modifications of the high note people would become accustomed and unconcerned although newcomers would always react. Several people present had identified the original source as the fridge. One person present had mistaken the sound for tinnitus or hearing, placing both index fingers in his ears, shaking them around violently.