While in residence at the MuseumsQuartier in Spring 2023, I took many photos, videos, and audio field recordings in Vienna and the surrounding area. From these I created several unique software oscillators, which act as audio and/or modulator signals. For instance, along the Danube I observed mistletoe hanging off pine trees in a varied left-right pattern around the tree trunks, so I translated this into a panning oscillator controlling spatial position of sounds along the length of the TONSPUR_passage. Or alternatively, I accelerated a recording of a political protest chant into a recurring pattern of noise and texture. All of these unique oscillators move freely above and below 20 Hertz, or in other words between rhythmic and pitched, cyclical and tonal realms.
Furthermore, Lavender Lauds considers the rhythms of nature and ritual. Lauds is one of the Catholic hours of worship (others include Matins, Vespers, and Compline), when, traditionally around 5:00am, monks and nuns would rise from sleep to pray and chant. Together, all the hours of worship create a recurring, daily cycle of meditation and contemplation. Lavender Lauds, then, considers how daily human rhythms, along with natural rhythms such as the annual blossoming of flowers, can refract into perceptible and imperceptible time scales in sound.