stereo pair (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 makes reference to large sound morrors and pre-radar aircraft listening devices that were installed along the south coast of England and connected by telephone line to local RAF Northolt; civil engineering; and the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory’ Gramophone horn. Their doubling and stereo configuration focuses on 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, famously used as a location for the ludovico institute in Stanley Kubricks a clockwork orange demolished in July 2019 whilst Phil Coy was in residence at Brunel University. The concrete modules and foundations contain aggregate from the demolished building.
The structure of each listening device mirrors its environment and the architectural heritage of original Brutalist Brunel University Campus. The two structures work as solid state amplifiers, to create a social space for listening and performance. With specially designed speaker cabinets bolted on, the conical forms become active amplifiers, empty vessels inviting the gardens to be used as an egalitarian performance space. Their stereo placement invites sight and sound lines across John Crank Gardens.