Voices from the void

National Exhibition Register

  • Daniel O'Toole Voices from the void, 2022
    Sound sculpture
    Variable. 9 Drums of different sized that can be arranged in a range of spaces.

About the exhibition

Voices from the void is an installation of custom-made brass drums that sing when interacted with. The set of drums are tuned to a chord, creating an evolving soundscape that resonates in harmony. The exhibition features nine drums, displayed as wall hanging objects, that when approached, begin to vibrate and produce a sine wave. The drum skins, painted black, act as a void drawing focus to the sound which is being projected; singing to the audience and harmonising with the other drums, the room becomes an instrument, and the audience the players. The artist Daniel O’Toole explains, “I am interested in observing how the group may behave in these settings; do people coordinate movements to express particular musical ideas? Will the effect of silence and timing become relevant in how people play this piece? Is there a meditative and quiet atmosphere to the installation, or does it bring out people’s inner child, and become joyous and noisy?” “With no one present, the drums sit silent, so this work only sings when interacted with…the audience behaviour and exploring different social parameters are just as critical to the artwork as the drums themselves.”

Artists and Curator


Artist - Daniel O'Toole Collaborators- Electronics and software engineer: Lloyd Barrett Metal fabrication [Red Steel]: Richie Brownlee Ari White Seismo Ellen Sayers Polishing: James Groom


Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
31/08/2023 - 01/07/2024
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Ever Fresh studio
Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Public Workshops
Other materials
I would be happy to run some creative workshops with community about electronic music/ sound design, and would be keen to collaborate with Dancers to facilitate some performances and workshops for the public. The installation can be customised to each location by including field recordings of the local wildlife into the drums as a layer that is only heard at closer distances.
Primary contact
Daniel O'Toole
Secondary contact
Daniel O'toole