Spatial Sound Installations for Panoramic Paintings (2007 & 2019)

In each 2007 and 2019, Moritz Fehr created spatial sound compositions for the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles, presented together with the 360-degree paintings on exhibition.

A first composition was made for The Effulgence of the North ↗︎, painted by Sara Velas, which was presented from 2007-2017.

The most recent presentation, the Shengjing Panorama ↗︎, was completed in 2019 and has since been open to the public. For this new panorama, painted by Li Wu, Yan Yang and Zhou Fuxian from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang China, Fehr created a composition, which was spatialized on a 16-channel loudspeaker setup he designed for the circular space. Depicting the city of Shenyang during the time of the industrialization in a timespan between 1910-30, the 360-degree panoramic painting and the sound composition merge into a fully spatial experience. The composition combines contemporary field recordings – taken in two different locations, the cities of Shenyang and Los Angeles – into a third, virtual place: the Shengjing Panorama. With the artist group of the Velaslavasay Panorama, Moritz Fehr visited both locations for recording and creating sound for the composition. Integrated into the composition are recordings of a musical improvisation on the Sheng, Guzheng and percussion by Virtuose Wu Wei, as well as several archival sources. Fehr composed these elements to form a three-dimensional hybrid of musical and environmental sound space that can be experienced together with the painting.

The Effulgence of the North, Velaslavasay Panorama, 2007-2017
Shengjing Panorama, Velaslavasay Panorama, since 2019
The Velaslavasay Panorama, 2018