"Sound is the medicine of the future."
- Edgar Cayce
During a three-month artist residency at the Spatial Sound Institute, Rona Geffen executed a research into the alchemy of vibration and its effect on the listener. Her field of research concerns the connection between emotional and physical reception of sound by the listener in relation to shape, movement and intention, as well as the connection between sound, geometry and mathematics.
The Sound Is The Scenery is a geometric and mathematical spatial composition incorporating frequencies produced by planetary calibrated tuning forks and chimes, percussions and the human voice - all of which are commonly used in sound healing practices. The composition combines symbols and archetypes from various cultures, celestial ratios and ancient mystery and shamanic methodologies. This combination is meant to enhance and create an evolving harmony of personal-communal connection and synchronization, self empowerment and consciousness expansion.
The concert is the result of ongoing research on new and ancient approaches to well being and healing and their relation to mathematics, geometry, sound, light and color. The Sound Is The Scenery composition is meticulously tailored for the immersive sonic abilities of 4DSOUND and incorporates the work of Alessandra Leone (visual and light installation) and Dr. Claire Glanois (mathematics and coding).
Driven by an uncompromising approach towards music & sound, Rona Geffen is an all DIY musician and artist inspired by everyday city life. Geffen creates inimitable mixtures of Techno, Downtempo and Pop with an explicit sensual attitude, creates a lush rhythmic and musical world where everything is allowed and vibrating. Nowadays she is also exploring the emanating field of sound healing, using sound sources calibrated to planetary frequencies.
Geffen toured and collaborated with musicians, choreographers and artists of different disciplines among them Mad Professor, choreographer Yasmeen Godder, APE-RECORDS and many more. She is the creator of interactive, smokey and refined sound installations as part of the audio-visual duo BoomBoxing Crew which premiered music, art and mixed media events worldwide. She released the albums “Bilono” (2008), “The Emancipation of Mitzy” (2010), “Just Fuck Me” with Meerkat Recordings (Sweden, 2014), the electronic opera “STRIKE!” (with Ann Streichman & Hilit Rozental, 2014) and “Blood Of My Blood” (2016). Geffen’s videos were presented in various art and dance events and competitions worldwide. Produced solidarity related events mainly working with refugees, women and disabled people, among which PERSPECTIVES festival by Female:Pressure in Berlin.
Art Director Video and Interactivity, Motion Graphics Designer
As a trained (motion) graphics designer and self taught programmer, Leone is an inventive and daring multi-media artist, designer and technologist. After studying classical music as a pianist and flutist, she graduated from Politecnico di Milano with an M.A. in Communication Design, and a B.A. in Product Design. Her talent for putting together moving images with sound/music, has helped her achieve success in commercial spaces as well as in purely artistic and academic spaces. Since 2009, she has continued to do freelance work as art director and motion designer for the advertising industry through studios and agencies of different sizes. Founder of the StratoFyzika intermedia performance group, Leone’s artistry has continued to evolve through a variety of inter-media installations, performances, and a/v collaborations, while researching new technologies and interactivity.
SPATIAL SOUND INSTITUTE
The Spatial Sound Institute is a research and development centre for spatial sound technologies and practices based in Budapest, Hungary.
Since its opening in October 2015, the Institute hosts a multidisciplinary program cultivating spatial sound as an emerging area of study. Housed over 3 floors of the AQB arts complex on the banks of the river Danube, the facility is centered around a large-scale 4DSOUND studio used for artist residencies, educational workshops, and regular public events.
The Institute also maintains a historical archive of works created in 4DSOUND over the past decade, with projects and publications from over a hundred contributors in the fields of music, technology, architecture and media arts.
MIRA Digital Arts Festival
MIRA is a digital arts festival based on three interconnected areas: exhibition, divulgation and education, and is held annually in Barcelona (since 2011). Focused on the intersection between art and digital culture, the festival features a programme comprised of audiovisual shows in both traditional and fulldome formats, digital art installations, screenings, conferences and workshops.
MIRA wants to bring the audience closer to several realms of artistic creativity through an event with two main objectives: to function as a platform for new creators as well as a showcase for world-renowned artists and to create unique immersive experiences through technological innovation and the interlacing of live music and visuals.