Serenity and Serendipity (Madras-Madrid) (2010)

Architectural sound installation by Robin Meier and Ali Momeni for Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid

Produced by Auditorio Nacional de Musica de Madrid for indian music festival (June 15 – June 31 2010)

Serenity and Serendipity (Madras-Madrid) by Robin Meier and Ali Momeni is a sonic work inspired by superstition, premonition and observation.  In the winter of 2009-2010, Meier and Momeni travelled through Sri Lanka and South India in search of practices and practitioners of soothsaying, astrology, prophecy and the like.  This work is presented as a musical installation made with recordings from these travels and composed specifically for a garden of hanging loudspeakers in the entry hall of Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

The musical composition is comprised of Indian soundscapes, electronic sounds, and recordings of astrologers, oracles and rituals that we met or attended during our travels. Sounds are diffused among the array of speakers to create a series of immersive sonic environments that transport the acoustic world of India into the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

This version uses an analog-digital spatialisation system diffused through a twenty four channel suspended loud speaker installation.