Directed by Fangas Nayaw, Written by Fangas Nayaw and Estela Valdivieso Chen Produced by Serendipity in co-Production with Digital Rise, Tainan National University of the Arts, In association with C-lab, ircam and supported by Taiwan Ministry of Culture.
A SONG WITHIN US combines virtual reality and sound interaction with ambisonic system.
Lights turn on. The stage of a theater. A dozen Taiwanese aboriginal singers stand around me on a circle. The dancers move in harmony, singing together a traditional song. you sing with them and, under the effect of your voice, the environment is changing. On the walls of the room, the variations of lights form infinite landscapes that evolves, grow and, gradually, occupy all space until… The dream takes over.
A Song Within Us is a sound-interactive experience, with Ambisonic audio. It is an experience that encourages viewers to become involved in a Taiwanese aboriginal fantasy ritual.
In the experience, viewers can witness the preparations like a behind- the-scenes person and learn about task arrangement along hierarchies in the ceremony. Since dancing and singing are the most significant cultural symbols among indigenous peoples in Taiwan, viewers can learn the characteristics of “No move un-danced, no voice unsung.”
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All the audio sources (dialogue, music, effects) are mixed in the Ambisonic format. In the 5 person installation , we use 17 speakers in a 3-meter height. Jauge: 5 person group Size of the dome: 6m2, size of the minimum space required: 10m 2 X 4m (H) for 5 people.
In every experience, we will welcome 5 viewers into the Ambisonic dome, as guests who are going to visit the Amis tribe. After being made aware of the sound interactivity by the host, they will help each viewer to wear ringing anklet bells, worn by the tribes while performing. Anklets represent the connection between the tribes in Taiwan. It is a ritual that welcomes viewers to join the tribe at the experience. Viewers can sing the Aboriginal song, following the main character’s guide. They will share visual feedback based on their singing, but will not see each other inside the experience.