Surface Resonance…


This site is a record of Eliot Palmer's Master of Arts (Sound Art) candidature at the RMIT School of Art, Melbourne, Australia. January 2010.

Surface resonance is a sound and tactile sensation research project. Through compositions and an installation, I focused on felt and heard vibration, how they are perceived and how they contribute to the experience of sound.

This site provides a text, audio and video record of the research process and outcomes. It offers linear and non-linear ways to access information, for readers seeking summary, detailed, or theme-based material.

Please note - many audio samples have significant low frequency content. They should be listened to with adequate loudspeakers or headphones.

Text and images are also provided in pdf format at the RMIT research repository.

The design of this site is loosely derived from a template from Gordon Mackay. Site works in Safari, Firefox and current versions of IE. If columns are not displaying, please use another browser.

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A summary of the research can be found at the overview page.

Further detail is divided into six phases, locatable at the top of the pages. For high-level information readers can read the overview page for each phase, and review each phases 'visual overview' in the right of the top panel. The overview pages outline the entire program, with links to milestones and key findings. Overview pages are headed in green.

Each phase (e.g. 2.0) has numbered subpages (e.g. 2.2) with detail on the work undertaken. These subsections align to the key research questions. The pages can be accessed in the right of the top panel, or can be read sequentially by following links at the bottom of the body text. They are headed in aqua.

Reading the overview of each page in sequence gives a snapshot of what was asked and achieved. Further reading of the subpages gives the depth to the research, with supporting media.

In addition, there are pages outlining the background to the research, the context for presentation of compositions, and a summary list of key experiments and compositions (works).

Sound and video are provided in the body text. Other media such as diagrams are presented in the reference material sidebar.