Sonic Runway

The Strand
Salthouse Dock
Liverpool City Region
L1 8JX
Rings of light and colour form a long runway. A small child sits on the shoulders of their guardian and smiles at the camera.


Artist: Rob Jensen, Warren Trezevant 
Touring Partner: Creos

United States of America

Sonic Runway is part of the 2021 'River of Light' programme. For full details of this years River of Light, visit the dedicated page.

A corridor of lights synchronized to the speed of sound.

The Sonic Runway is a light-art installation that converts audio signals into patterns of light that shoot down a 432 ft (132 meters) corridor of 25 LED lined arches at the speed of sound.

At the front of the Runway, the observers see musical sound waves rippling away from them. Walking down the corridor, sound and light are always in sync. Looking back from the far end, walkers can see the sound waves coming at them, and hear the music as the pattern reaches them.

The Sonic Runway becomes an unforgettable destination that offers an otherworldly sensory experience.

Description of the artwork for those who are visually impaired

Sonic Runway is a 132 meter long tunnel consisting of 25 circular steel gates, just over 3,5 meters in diameter. Each gate has over 500 LED pixels that are programmed to respond to sound. The frequencies and tempo of musical input are analyzed in real time, generating patterns that ripple through the tunnel in sync with the waves of sound.

Description of the soundscape for those who are hearing impaired

Sonic Runway visualizes sound waves as they travel through the corridor of gates. The piece has an accompanying sound track consisting of electronic music from a variety of artists, as well as mixes by local Bay Area DJs. As the sound waves travel through the piece, speakers at each gate repeat the sound, appropriately delayed so everything stays in sync.

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On display (22 October 2021 - 7 November 2021)

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