An interactive sound installation comprising a circular arrangement of eight bespoke digital musical instruments exploring the prehistoric origins of collective music making through the contemporary music hacker scene.

Although music plays a greater role in our lives than ever before, creating music is an activity often limited to trained professionals. Made up of a set of newly conceived musical instruments, The Cave of Sounds seeks to disrupt the boundaries between performer and audience. Regardless of training, visitors are invited to actively participate and experiment with new ways of creating and connecting with each other through sound.

Each instrument has been designed and created over a period of eight months by a member of London’s Music Hackspace, led by interactive artist Tim Murray-Browne, as a personal and interactive embodiment of the ideas and mind of its creator, whilst remaining intuitive to allow newcomers to express themselves.

In the hands of its audience, the work is crafted to provoke participants to connect and resonate with each other through musical expression. Software linking the instruments allows them to gently adjust their sounds to converge musically as well as detecting musical connections between participants and visualising them on a central floor projection of abstract shapes.