COMFORTABLY SPUN

A textile and sound installation created by Cavalcanti and music producer, Ben Osborne of 'Noise of Art' that celebrates the weaving and tufting techniques used in the production of Cavalcanti rugs. 

 
 
 
 
 

SOUND BITES OF DESIGN

Cavalcanti's new collection showcases vivid colours and geometric shapes, designed in direct response to the traditional processes in which they are made. With an emphasis on the sounds of production, these rugs depict an abstract visualisation of the sound bites collected from the traditional machinery used to make them. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

SOUNDS OF PRODUCTION

In 1913, Luigi Russolo said music of the past responded to agricultural society, when people had found pleasure in pastoral symphonies. He predicted that people would find pleasure in the rhythms of the factory and the sounds of sirens.  He wrote this long before the clatter of techno percussion or the hoover baselines of dub-step existed. 

Today we live in a digital world where production is becoming increasingly silent. If Russolo was right about music in the agricultural and industrial ages, what does this mean for music in the digital age? 

The production of textiles, via looms and tufting machines is one of the last places the silence of digitalisation is likely to reach. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

NOISE OF ART

The sounds created by Noise of Art for the 'Comfortably Spun' collaboration uses recordings made during the production of the Cavalcanti rugs exhibited within it. 

The only other sounds come from the designs in the rugs, sections of which have been digitally mapped onto electronic instruments.

Watch some of the looms in action here.