Knots and Donuts 3D sound sculpture | 22 – 27 March @ Khoj Studios | Dr Julian Henriques |

Sound Reasons and Khoj International Artists’ Association along with Goethe Institut/ Max Muller Bhawan presents Knots and Donuts 3D sound sculpture Conceived and designed by Julian HenriquesOpening on 22 March, 6 PM followed by an introduction by Julian Henriques @ Khoj studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New DelhiExhibition opens from 22nd to 27th March, 2013

Knots and Donuts

This work explores auditory geometry – by spatialising sound and sonifying space. The sound sculpture immerses listeners in the middle of a three-dimensional sound field. Attuning the ‘mind’s ear’ and the auditory imagination, they hear a continuous travelling sound ‘drawing’ shapes around them, as a sparkler might do in light. Listeners experience the sensory qualities of acoustic space and time – outside the usual visual conventions. In this particular sculpture, moving sound sources outline circles and several topological shapes including a Borromean Knot and Torus (or donut). The sound sculpture is about 12 minutes in duration.

The moving sound sources are spatialised with state of the art software and diffused over an eight channel sound system. The speakers are positioned as would be the corners of a cube. Knots & Donuts was inspired by the work of the audio engineers who design and build the reggae sound systems in Jamaica. They have specialist knowledge of how to make use of the acoustic space of the open-air dancehall session to intensify affect. Knots & Donuts was first installed in the Tate Modern, London, in November 2011 as an event in the Embodying Transformation performance programme designed to give an embodied experience of topological concepts in the Tate Topology speakers series, 2011 to 2012.

Dr Julian Henriques is a Reader in the Department of Media and Communications. He is a filmmaker and convenor of the MA Scriptwriting programme and the Music as Communication and Creative Practice BA and MA courses. Before Goldsmiths, Julian ran the film and television department at CARIMAC at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. His credits as a writer and director include the 1998 feature film Babymother, a reggae musical and improvised short drama We the Ragamuffin. Julian researches street cultures, music and technologies and is interested in the uses of sound as a critical and creative tool. In addition, he is also exploring in how some of the mathematics concepts of topology can be used in the understanding social and cultural change. Julian’s professional practice has recently turned to sound sculpture, with Knots & Donuts installed Tate Modern, in 2011. His publications include the jointly authored Changing the Subject: Psychology, Social Regulation and Subjectivity (1984) and he was a founding editor of the Ideology & Consciousness journal. Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems Performance Techniques and Ways of Knowing was published

Sound Reasons ( is a hybrid creative studio space cum record label for promoting, producing and showcasing Sound art,  experimental electronic and contemporary music from around the world. It was formed in 2009 and since then has released and facilitated numerous sound installations and music performances along with CD productions. Some of the artists that have featured on Sound Reasons are Robin Meirer, SoundSkill, monoton, Bernd Scherer, diFfuSed beats, Thomas Peter, Sonic Objects (Nigel Helyer), Jatin Vidyarthi (Masta Justy), Hans Koch and edGeCut to name a few.

At Sound Reasons we promote Avant Garde and experimental sounds of new-music and in 2012 we had the first edition of the Sound Reasons Festival via which we showcased one of the best talents from the world of sound art and experimental contemporary music. We are planning more releases and the second edition of the festival in 2013. Please visit for more information on the releases, festival and the Artists.






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