Breath of Wind
@Speculum Artium 2021
Breath of the Wind is a meditative audio installation based on the Bora wind, music, and meditation techniques such as breathing.
Sharing common roots in science, spirituality and philosophy, the installation contains music converted from wind data. With the help of music therapy, frequencies have a positive effect, and through a meditative breathing technique, a person will breathe, improving their condition.
Researching such a local phenomenon as the Bora wind (slov. burja), with a particular focus on its powerful and unpredictable character, I had to depend not only on the recording of the wind itself but also on mathematics to translate it as accurately as possible from the real into the digital and catch its exact frequency.
With the help of the correlation ratio of wind speed to frequency, a mathematical formula was derived from the dependence of the wind noise frequency on wind speed to get a note and thus collect the entire composition. After mathematical translation from wind speed to frequency, a translation to notes is executed using MAX MSP software.
Musical therapy is not just some kind of healing frequency that positively affects the brain. It is a completely subjective approach, depending on the taste and life experience of the individual. To get as close as possible to the therapeutic effect, the music in “Breath of the Wind” was made entirely with instruments that are most often pleasing to the human ear. Instruments such as Harp, traditional Central Asian guitar instruments and hang. The distance between notes and octaves is also important. All this helps to immerse the visitor in a relaxed, meditative state.
The ultimate aim of the installation is to help people feel better and get inspiration to improve their mental health through meditation, spirituality, art or other practices.
The recommended immersion time is about 20 minutes