Sonic Bed is a purpose built wooden structure that accommodates a specially designed composition by Kaffe Matthews. The bed is a large wooden tank with polished wooden sides, the visitor lies within the wooden walls that house speakers, and lies on top of the sub woofers embedded in the mattress. While lying on Sonic Bed the visitor becomes physically affected by a spectrum of sound vibrations shifting underneath and around them. The 12 channel sound system immersed in the bed plays a specially constructed sound work, vibrating through and moving around the visitor. Subtle and dynamic, at times beyond hearing, the composition uses the architectural map of the human body and frequencies it is tuned to as its score. Sonic Bed plays music that is felt rather than necessarily heard.
The work opens up an experience with music that is primarily physical, a constructed 4D sound pieces vibrate through and around the body. The music is architectural but temporal, exploring bioresonance and its particular combinations of frequencies.
Kaffe Matthews is is a composer and a sound artist based in London. She is as a leading figure and pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition. In 2005 Matthews received the NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship to develop her project Music For Bodies and subsequently of the Electra Her Noise commission, Sonic Bed, has been recreated in Shanghai, Taipei, Marfa Texas, Quebec and Stirling, Scotland.