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Eric Orr and Howard Flemming

Los Angeles Jr. Art Center

About two years ago, Eric Orr, a sculptor who describes himself as an environmentalist, began a modest experiment with the class of high school students he taught at the Los Angeles Junior Art Center. Orr had become fascinated with the structural and spatial possibilities to be found within controlled sound sources and sound inputs. Demonstrating that it was possible to define shapes and spaces quite precisely if impalpably with standing waves and patterns of interference of one sound source operating against another, Orr proposed to his class that a tunnel be constructed which would be lined with small loudspeakers on floor, ceiling, walls and ends. Sound sources could be precisely controlled, the participant simply passing through sound masses or fields which would be stationary or also in motion.

While the project was thought of as demonstrating certain aural phenomena, its chief function

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