PeriphonWith Ultramoderne and Howard Huang
Installation [Princeton, NJ and Providence, RI]
Periphon is a pair of concrete sound reflectors, similar to sound collection devices built along the British coast during World War II as an early form of radar. The installation reconnects two areas of the Mendel Music Library [built by Juan Navarro Baldeweg from 1994-97] that were isolated acoustically—but not optically—by a glass partition. The result is the aural equivalent of a periscope, allowing conversation across the partition to take place through the act of voice-throwing, producing an uncanny orthogonality between sound production and sound reception.