stereo pair [two listening devices] (2021) is a permanent outdoor solid-state sound installation installed in John Crank Gardens in Brunel University London. The work consists of six pre-cast concrete forms combined to form two interrelating Left and Right sound channels, that invite users to listen to ambient sound within the John Crank Gardens.
stereo pair [two listening devices] references pre-radar aircraft listening devices, civil engineering, and the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory’ Gramophone horn. Their doubling and stereo configuration references the nearby invention of stereo sound recording and the worlds first stereo film Trains at Hayes (1935). The pre-cast concrete elements include aggregate recycled from the former John Crank Building, demolished in July 2019 whilst Phil Coy was in residence at Brunel University.
The structure of each listening device mirrors its environment and the architectural heritage of Brunel University Campus. The two structures work as solid state amplifiers, to create a social space for listening and performance. Their stereo placement invites sight and sound lines across John Crank Gardens.