The Underground Wind is a sound work commissioned by the DiMe research project. The material of the work consists of sounds from the Helsinki and Saint Petersburg metros gathered with the project’s researchers: the sounds of the St. Petersburg metro are recorded by researchers on their field trips while the Helsinki metro sounds are recorded by the artist.
SOUND Taina Riikonen
The piece aims to sonificate the multisensory experience that traveling by the metro entails. The metro tunnel has a specific fragrance, strong lights flash as the metro approaches, the rails begin to ooze a subtle screech, and a gust of air hits your face as the metro comes to a halt on the platform. The wind in the tunnel is not subject to the low pressures of the atmosphere, nor the changing temperatures of sea currents; it is instead produced by machines, motors and mechanical kinetic energy. This particular atmospheric space, the gusts of air produced by underground trains and ventilation systems mixed with underground odours, is one of the core themes of the sound piece.