Sebelum Gendang / Before the Drum

Exhibition Shot


“Ears Have No Self-Defense Mechanism”

Like other percussions, drums need energy (or force in physics) to sound. Pressure on the drum membrane produces vibrations that propagate, causes the air to vibrate, the ear then catches its vibration, the brain translates it as the sound of drum. These steps simultaneously explain the presence of mechanical processes and psychological processes in hearing work.

“Before the Drum” presents Togar’s experiments on physicalities of sound using elements such as water and light. These materials also allows him to observe the visible aspects of sound. By presenting the physicalities of sound, “Before the Drum” wants to underline the conditions in which the sound is on the way to the ear.


Still image from “Drummer’s Gonna’ Drum”