Spatial Sound

Re.flex.ion : Orca (2020)

Alba Vega Mulet

There are worlds beyond our senses where the human perception does not reach, but our influence does. Re.flex.ion : Orca is bringing underwater acoustics to the surface.

Alba Vega Mulet, artist in residence at SSI, develops Re.flex.ion that brings the sonic world of Orcas within the human range of perception and enacts the experience Orcas undergo in captivity, presented in stark contrast to the freedom of communication in their natural environment.

The project aims to bring awareness to a consequence of captivity, often overlooked and difficult to comprehend without experiencing it.

Re.flex.ion is showing “us”, humans how deeply confined water tanks made of concrete and glass disrupt the health of sonic species. The tank is acoustically modelled to human proportions immersing the audience in the unhealthy sonic environment of captivity. In contrast, the composition also shows the audience the richness of sonic bonding and communication among these amazing beings in the wild.