Trained as an architect and orchestral musician, Roxanne Nesbitt works to combine several disciplines. Her research and practice explore the connections between sound, sight and motion, employing, spatial and sonic strategies to forge new relationships and reveal existing analogies.
Roxanne is currently immersed in an 3-month long residency designing architectural instruments for the pedestrian body. She is working on a series of tuned floor tiles and rhythm generating ramps, intended act as a hinge between the acoustic ecologist conception of the soundscape and a kitsch notion of listening.
In both of these projects design is considered as a tool to focus attentive listening. Focus on the sound of the bodies’ movements and surrounding soundscape becomes a radical act, working in opposition to the current commodified and corporate understanding of music and listening. By reclaiming our curiosity in the relationship between our own bodies and their surroundings, we are reminded that sound can be used to celebrate an in-the-present democratic reality rather than a mediated media-saturated existence.
This work is inspired by the subtlety and specificity of timbre, attempting to balance blunt and obvious cues to listen, with ambiguous and ineffable shifts. The investigations are deliberately acoustic, tactile and tangible, focused on exploring the sonic potentials of both materials and detailing.