“Universal Humming”

Site-specific installation and performance by TinTin Patrone ( Artist in Residence 2019)
April 12 – May 11, 2019
in cooperation with Zentrale. Raum für Klang- und Prozesskunst, Lerchenfelderstrasse 52, 1160 Vienna

The Hum is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving widespread reports of a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people. Often it is prefixed with the name of a locality where the problem has been particularly publicized: e.g., the “Bristol Hum” or the “Taos Hum”.

The essential element that defines the Hum is what is perceived as a persistent low-frequency sound, often described as being comparable to that of a distant diesel engine idling, or to some similar low-pitched sound for which obvious sources (e.g., household appliances, traffic noise, etc.) have been ruled out. For the opening on April 11, TinTin Patrone presented a sound piece using describtions of the Hum as event-scores and instructions, whereas the installation presents different noise portraits of several areas of the world.