11.09.2017 – 04.09.2018
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
I Heard There Was a Secret Chord is a participatory humming channel that reveals an invisible vibration uniting people around the world currently listening to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.
Real time user data representing these listeners is transformed into a virtual choir of humming voices that participants can hum-along with, and feel the collective resonance. It is a scientific and spiritual experiment to highlight the metaphysical connection between people on a common wavelength. The project comprises a room and a website.
The room contains a simple numerical display of current online listeners, each represented by a humming voice in the space. Underfoot, these sounds are transformed into low frequency vibrations as visitors start humming along.
The website, asecretchord.com, operates as a one-song radio channel allowing people anywhere to tune into the same perpetually fluctuating choir of humming “Hallelujah” voices, and to connect to the Cohen universal magic.
I Heard There Was a Secret Chord
Created by Daily tous les jours.
A commission from the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.