The Very Large Array
The Very Large Array is a sonic sculpture consisting of a
large number of independent sound sources. Unsynchronized in
time but correlated in semantic content, the VLA modules provide
a rich sound field in which the human listener's impoverished aural
fovea displays unexpected ability. Activated by darkness, the
VLA's audible landscape alternates with daylight's visual
one - the listener is an active participant in this landscape, traversing
the perpetually changing sonic gradient in search of the most pleasing
Some more VLA pictures.
- The VLA first occured at Burning Man '97, two minute's walk into
Hualapai Playa from Campo Illuminato, the northernmost campsite.
- The VLA occurred again, briefly, at Davenport Beach on the evening of October 5, 1997.
- The mini-VLA (36 devices in a 6x6 array) was tested in a meadow
near UC Santa Cruz on November 1, 1997.
- The mini-VLA was installed at Garfield Square Park in San Francisco for the Día de los Muertos celebration on November 2, 1997.
- A 4x4 micro-VLA was tested at Black Rock, July 4 1998.
- A new configuration, consisting of 4 4x4 micro-VLAs around a central 6x6 mini-VLA appeared at Burning Man 1998, off of South 20th St and Outer Ave. I took very few photographs this time - if you have an image you'd care to share, please send me mail.
- Twelve VLA modules participated in a geometric exposition featuring 73
oil lamps at Burning Man 1999. Pictures of this exposition can be found
(among others) at
pictures of the prototype, tested on July 4 1999, as well as a
description of the geometry involved are at
Technical notes for the curious.