Cascade (2022)

An exuberant fountain of energy, light and sound

Cascade is an exuberant fountain of energy, light and sound, emanating from the glorious Left Handed Giant brewpub, shooting over people’s heads and rushing into the Bristol Feeder Canal, starting a journey that will end who knows where…

The work is also named after a variety of hop, one of the original US hops with massive aroma profiles that spear-headed the American Pale Ale and IPA revolution.

Cascade is the latest incarnation in Squidsoup’s ongoing explorations into the immersive possibilities of spatialised light and sound.

Cascade was commissioned as part of Bristol Light Festival 2022

The technological backbone of the project has been developed over several years, and has been extensively tested and refined in works such as Wave (Salisbury Cathedral, 2018-9, also shown at Durham Lumiere, 2019, and Greenwich Peninsula, 2021-2), Desert Wave (Burning Man Festival 2019, Canal Convergence Festival 2019-20), Curve (Simple Things, Bristol, 2019) and Murmuration (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale AZ, 2019-20, Canary Wharf, London 2020-21).

Each orb is designed and hand built by Squidsoup, and comprises a wi-fi enabled processor, multiple LEDs and its own speaker. This allows for a highly spatialised soundscape that can move in real time, with point source sounds coming from anywhere within the installation; a clear correlation between sound and light; and the ability to create volumetric waves of sound and light that create a strong, spatialised and highly immersive experience.

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