Trace was produced in it's first iteration in the summer of 1999. The database of memorials expands over time as interested participants continue to contribute memorial songs, poems and stories. The first launch of the installation featured works by Diana Berry, Susan Davis, Sarah Drury, Stelios Gannoulakis, Joanna Goodman, Henry Israeli, Bruce Ledbetter, Akiko Matsumoto, Lisa Moren, Tim Nohe, Mayumi Reinhard, Thomas Rodebaugh, Vivian Adelberg Rudow, Melora Zaner-Godsey, and Sirpa Vaara.
Components of the Installation
The system consists of two primary parts: a digital database of recordings created or commissioned by contributors; and a knapsack equipped with various technologies including a small computer, headphones, and a global positioning satellite receiver.
Recordings are made as memorials to people who have died or as pieces that explore themes of death, loss and transformation more generally. They are prepared in advance and submitted to the database by interested contributors. Memorials may take the form of a traditional elegy, dirge, or requiem, or they may be stories, acoustic sounds, or experimental compositions.
The database is
accessed when a visitor to the hiking trail dons a knapsack and hikes
the trail. Memorials are played back in response to each hiker's movement
and position in the landscape, which is detected by a computer/gps
unit in the hiker's knapsack. Recordings are heard through open-cel
headphones and playback is at low volume so that memorials intermingle
with ambient sounds of the natural environment.
hiker with knapsack
site documentation trail with Michael Peak in background
knapsack unit powerbook G3/GPS unit running Max/MSP