Cyclotone (A Cyclotron for sound) is a new audio-visual piece created by Paul Prudence and produced in the latter part of 2012 in anticipation of performances for various festivals and events including Scopitone Festival [Nantes, France], The RedBull Music Academy’s ‘Cymatics, Visual Music and The Third-Eye’ [London] and Controlled Evidence [Stony Brook, US].
The piece takes conceptual cues from cyclotrons and particle accelerators and alludes to aspects of particle physics, space exploration and 4-dimensional space. It is inspired to commemorate the first wave of Russian cosmonauts and also the artists of the Constructivist movement who conquered space conceptually.
Cyclotone cross-wires sound and video material to create multi-model events using a variety of strategies – from OSC and MIDI timeline triggers embedded in Ableton Live’s timeline to real-time audio analysis of the sound itself. In the piece geometric primitives are transformed, deformed, extended in 4-dimensions while their surface textures are modulated by sound. A variety of found sound, field recordings and sound synthesis form the base materials for the sound design and acousmatic composition.
‘I saw 4-d geometry, 4-d space-time diagrams spinning and morphing into quasars with jets, black holes and the big bang!’ – Arthur Miller, Author of ‘Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung’
Paul Prudence is an artist and real-time visual performer using generative and computational methods to create audio responsive visual systems. An overview of selected works can be found at Transphormetic. Information on performances, lectures and exhibitions can be found here. He is also a researcher in the field of procedural art, computational design & earth processes. He maintains the weblog Dataisnature devoted to these subjects and also occasionally writes for CAN.