Tipping Point - Kathy Hinde

Step inside the Box and experience the haunting and mesmerising sounds of Tipping Point. The artist invites us to consider our relationship with water, and the necessity of balancing how we use the world’s water resources.

Kathy Hinde’s music merges machinery and nature to create stunning sound and visual aesthetics. Tipping Point explores the sonic possibilities of shifting water levels inside glass vessels, each containing a microphone. As the water levels change, the resonant frequency of the vessel changes and the feedback is tuned to different pitches, creating the soundscape. It’s the same reason pitches change when you blow over a bottle depending upon how full it is.

The title refers to a point where things spiral out of control, such as access to clean water. The exhibit also has a tipping point – the volume of the feedback can slip out of control and increase to unbearable levels. A computer programme keeps it in balance, but you will notice fluctuations in the volume indicated by the flickering quality of the lights.


19 Jan - 18 Mar


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Tipping Point is a collaboration with John Rowden at the Scientific Glass Workshop in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol, with software designed by Matthew Olden.  A Cryptic Commission for Sonica 2014 in association with Cove Park.


About the Artist

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. 

Kathy frequently works in collaboration with other practitioners and scientists and often actively involves the audience in the creative process. She has created light and sound installations in public spaces, including town high streets and woodlands.

She has shown work across Europe, China, Pakistan, Canada, USA, Mexico, Canada, South America and New Zealand. She became a Cryptic associate in 2015.

Kathy received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2015 for Tipping Point, and in 2014 was runner up for the Sonic Arts Award and listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize for Piano Migrations. In 2017, Kathy received an ORAM award for innovations in sound and music and a British Composer Award in Sonic Art for Luminous Birds.  


Photo Credit: Louise Mather