Goldberg Ellipse

The Goldberg Ellipse is a sound installation with 32 speakers arranged in a circle that listeners can walk around. Each pair of adjacent speakers plays one of the Goldberg Variations. A special stereophonic process creates a particular spatial impression when a listener stands in close proximity and exactly at the midpoint between the two speakers and, as it were, “seeks out” the Variation.

At the start of each new Variation the playback shifts to the next pair of speakers in the circle. Following the peripatetic sound trail through the entire cycle comprises one complete circuit of the Goldberg Ellipse.

Sound installation: Martin Rumori
Organ: Gunther Rost
Assistant: Jan Ročnik

/ Graz Orgelfrühling Festival 2015, House of Music and Music Theatre (MUMUTH), 11-13 May 2015
/ inSonic – aesthetics of spatial audio in sound, music and sound art, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Music Balcony, 26–28 November 2015.