THE INNER SOUND
Multi Channel Sound Installation
Masters, Monks, Swamis recorded in deep silent meditation with binaural microphones placed in their ears.
Is it possible to understand who we are? What is the essence of this experience that we call life?
Inner silence is a work which reflects on a particular kind of silence, the one which is produced when someone seeks to listen to their own Being. That which transcends definitions in order to concentrate on what really defines us: the possibility of listening to ourselves without identifying with the cultural construct of what we are.
By means of a binaural recording technique I have recorded spiritual leaders while they meditate. These are people who, due to years of spiritual exercise, have attained higher states of awareness, that go beyond their conditioning and mental bustle. A willingness of heart and mind to understand the human experience and the reality which transcends the world of phenomena.
The proposal of this work is to invite us to think of silence more as a possibility of encounter than as the result of a desire for suppression. Sounds that flow within and outside individual consciousness, and thus succeed in reconnecting them with the universal, primal emptiness that embraces us from the very beginning.
Concept and project direction : Sebastián Szyd
Binaural Microphones Settings: Sebastian Szyd
Mastering and mixdown: Rick Blything
The sound installation invites each visitor to put on headphones, the best way to listen to a binaural recording and thus be able to synchronise with the proposal.
Apart from being an encounter with one’s own silence, the listening experience becomes an immersive group experience that transforms the space into a resonant atmosphere, generating a state of luminosity and presence in each exhibition space where it is presented.
Sidharta Krishna Meditation in the Rishikesh woods. India. 2019
Listen with headphones for the binaural recording experience (extract from original recording)