The Camden Palace on Camden Quay, Cork city, hosts a cool sound installation project over the weekend. Entitled Mandalagon and with Rory O’Brien (Ten Past Seven) helping organise the weekend, it will feature Shape Note Singers, Sea Of Okhotsk and SyncedSynth with Dan Guiney. Per the press release: “We encourage people to bring a collection of favoured sound making devices and instruments to add to the mandala. There will be a PA present, along with microphones and a selection of amplifiers. Mandalagon is open to all with an interest in sound. There will be breaks between sound events to re-arrange and involve more participants. One of the project aims is to create a meditative sound environment. Participants are asked to contribute with intention and respect.”

Mandalagon is an interactive sculptural arrangement of instruments and audio equipment which allows participants freedom to engage with and expand on the form. Participants become active parts of the resonant field produced in the space. They invoke the energy produced during ritual ceremonies conducted in megalithic structures, temples and churches using voice, modern audio objects, derelict pianos and invented instruments. Their combined physical and tonal properties creating a sound structure in and of itself. Audience and performers will explore the belief that specific geometrical systems can be used as keys to access archetypal information in the psyche. Affect a shift in brain function using sound to stimulate the area of the brain that bio-behavioral scientists believe relates to mood, empathy and social behavior.

Friday, July 26:
3pm – Creating the mandala – placing the six pianos;
5pm – Improvised pianos;
7pm – After-event discussion;

Saturday, July 27:
12pm – Open platform sound event;
3pm – Sound event – half-hour exercises and experiments (drone, chant, etc);
4pm – Set performance;
7pm – After-event discussion;

Sunday, July 28:
2pm – Open platform;
4pm – Set performance, invited collaborators;
5pm – Breakdown of mandala.

Here’s the poster. Sounds like a really cool weekend.