Cryptic Presented Sound Horn by Katie Anderson
Public artist Katie Anderson’s Sound Horn was presented in the Victorian shrubbery in the beautiful grounds of Brodie Castle from Wednesday 19 August until Sunday 23 August. Following the COVID-19 lockdown, this was one of the first opportunities for audiences in Moray to enjoy a live cultural event which attracted over 700 visitors.
The outdoor installation provided an opportunity to enjoy a calming, creative exploration of the natural environment with Sound Horn, a cluster of six upturned, person-sized gramophone speakers created in copper and aluminium sheet metal, each emitting one part of a field-recorded composition – choral notes, spoken word parts and a bassline hum. A poignant musical prome-nade through a series of magical soundscapes, the 12 minute sound loop had three pieces of music, two cho-ral and one electronic, with one audience member commenting that it is “calming, beautiful, made me want to stay for ages in the garden and just listen.”
Sound Horn was the first of a series of events to replace the 4th Findhorn Bay Festival and what better way to do that to continue the partnership with Cryptic after its successful installation Breaking Reverie, which was part of the 3rd Findhorn Bay Festival in 2018.