Quiet is the New Loud

O+A, Brugges Triennale, 2015

O+A were invited by the festival curators to create a large scale sound installation for the city center of Brugges, Belgium. They decided to bring to attention the city’s remarkable quietude In this noisy world, quiet thinking space is valuable. It’s an attribute worthy of notice, celebration, and protection.

O+A and their team created floating loudspeakers to accompany festival walking through a map of “songlines”. The speakers emitted particular frequencies at GPS coordinates. These sounds were specially selected to produce an echolocation readout that highlights the pristine Medieval architectural spaces.