Loop.pH realized the first version of Sonumbra ( 2006) as a responsive play space in Mowbray Park, Sunderland. It is designed to respond to the interplay and activity of the people orbiting the umbrella by casting a sonic shade of light. The version on the video is designed and fabricated for a private commission, Geneva 2008.

The atmosphere of musical rhythms, harmonies and luminous patterns are composed by the visitors’ movement – either active or passive. The light emitting fabric of the umbrella is crafted into a lacework of many electroluminescent fibres.

This latticed pattern is animated in concert with the generated surround sound and visually illustrates the visitors’ position within the constellation. Wandering unaware or actively gravitating towards Sonumbra each person plays a part and becomes a note in a unique composition of light, sound and space.

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