Ros Bandt
The Silos (excerpt)

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Ros Bandt is a cross disciplinary sound artist who sounds sites in sensitive ways using a variety of audio, and spatial media including sound sculptures, historical musical instruments, implanted canvases, photography, painting and ephemeral design elements. Sound is the vortex of her reading of site but the choice of materials and methodology comes as an archaeology from the site itself, dependent on the physiology and the people using it. Since 1977 she has installed over 45 sites, including the saltmine and warehouse in the Halltal, near Innsbruch, Aeolian harps in the desert at Lake Mungo desert, industrial cylinders such as water tanks, wheat silos, carparks and smoke stacks, historic stables, limestone quarries, parks, concerthalls, galleries and cyberspace. She has invented several musical instruments and sound sculptures as well as building Australia's first two-storey playground in 1981 in a public park. Her works are a walk through spatial polyphony begun in 1987 when she designed the SSIIPP system, an audience interactive 8 channel playback system, through to the globally linked performance of a Global Garden for Percy, with 127 channels of computerised sound.She has been commissioned to work with the 3DIS interactive video system and the surround sound Audio Tool Box.

The Silos is a sonic profile of the endangered wheat silos of the Northern western tiny silo sidings of Victoria. Recordings of workers, improvisations on historical recorder in the Jung silo, the last sounds made before the silo was shut or moth balled for the last time by the son of the person who built it. They are icons and symbols of Australia's savage history of silencing voices and history. The silo's elevator sings its own elegy, overtones crying gathering and departing, an industrial music of a lost and dying culture.

The sound Silos is an excerpt taken from a sound installation and a larger radiophonic piece, Silo Stories, Via Galah, commissioned by the ABC Listening Room. The installation was shown at Horsham Photographic gallery and RMIT First Site Gallery in 2003.