The CBD’s forgotten lanes will be a little less quiet after the launch of an innovative sound-art installation in the arts precinct.
Titled Hub, the interactive sound piece has been devised by musician Brent Williams and installed in the laneway between Wollongong Town Hall and Wollongong Art Gallery.
A bank of about 150 field recordings – including running water, bird songs, conversations in foreign languages and audio from theatre performances – are activated when pedestrians trip motion sensors.
‘‘The sounds are fed through a computer, and transform the field recordings into music,’’ Mr Williams, a member of rock band The New Christs, said.
‘‘I hope it will be a great entryway to our new cultural precinct.’’
The sounds are meant to reflect Wollongong’s past and present. For example, the sound of running water is to mark the site’s past as an important waterhole for indigenous people before European settlement.
Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery praised the addition of another new cultural element to Wollongong’s central business district.
‘‘It is not only making use of the buildings, but the space between them,’’ he said at yesterday’s launch. ‘‘It’s another part of making this space well worth coming to.’’
Mr Williams said Hub would continue changing as new sounds were added over time.
‘‘It is meant to constantly evolve as recordings of music, performances and traditional languages are added,’’ he said.
‘‘As the space changes, so will the piece.’’