Just discovered: a presentation by Instrument builder and sound artist Derek Holzer, in which he catalogues the history of optical synthesis. It is worth a look as it cites a number of fairly obscure (and fascinating) precedents of interest to anyone working in audiovisual design.
Artefact#0, Digital Necrophony is a recent installation by Lille-based artist Mathilde Lavenne that forgoes (burial and cremation) funerary convention in favour of sonification.
The Mylar Topology is a new audiovisual performance by the London-based artist Paul Prudence. In it liquid forms ripple along with binaural beats, forming vertebral columns and congealing oil slicks – which dissipate as quickly as they form.
In the final week of the last year’s fall 10-week program at the School for Poetic Computation (SFPC), students presented their work in progress and its underly ideas in a public showcase. Here is a selection of projects that were presented.
Created by Simon Russell, animation director based in London, the following is a series of Houdini experiments where geometry is used as a way to visualise sound, and vice versa.
Created by Katharina Hauke and Dominik Hildebrand Marques Lopes, the MikroKontrolleur is the result of their ongoing artistic research into working with vocals and electronics live on stage. It consists of a control station that can be attached to any microphone stand with one part played using hands and optional foot pedal to extend manipulation. It’s a an instrument to play one’s voice.
Created by Jerobeam Fenderson and Hansi Raber, Oscilloscope Music is an audio-visual album that uses old analogue oscilloscopes for displaying hand crafted waveforms as x-y plot.
Mesa Musical Shadows is a permanent “singing pavement” installation, designed by Montréal’s Daily tous les jours for the north plaza at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona.
Created by Alex McLean (Yaxu), Spicule is an album released as a Pi Zero with high quality DAC in custom case, allowing the tracks to be remixed and reworked using the TidalCycles live coding environment.
Created by João Costa, Adeus is a sound installation that explores concepts arising from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where the perfectly designed musical system eventually falls out of sync, mirroring the flaws and entropy inherent to human nature.
New solo exhibition by Ryoichi Kurokawa featuring the stunning ‘constrained surface’ and the ‘unfold’, new project exploring data taken from giant molecular clouds in space through beautifully visual and sonic environments that showcase the birth of stars.
Created and performed by Yingjie Bei, Phantom Power is an exoskeleton analog synthesizer. Built as a man/machine interface instrument, the device is performed with hand gestures / screwdrivers by manipulating the circuit.
Created by digital design studio FIELD, Spectra-3 is a physical-digital sculpture that tells three stories of communication through a choreography of movement, animated lights and spatialised sound, premiering at London’s Lumiere light festival on 14th January 2016.
Berlin-based Canadian artist Darsha Hewitt engages in an extended conversation with CAN about her new online video tutorial series dedicated to the Wurlitzer Side Man—the world’s oldest drum machine.
Created by Copenhagen-based artist and researcher Tobias Ebsen, Poème Mécanique is an electromechanical sound sculpture produced for Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, a public walkway connecting the Place-des-Arts metro and Complexe Desjardins in Montréal.
In the Eyes of the Animal is the latest installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast, commissioned by the AND Festival and set in Grizedale Forest, that takes visitors on a fascinating journey allowing them to fly above the forest canopy, come face-to-face with hi-definition critters and embody various animals as they traverse the landscape.
Created and performed by Mark Wheeler (aka Mark Eats), This City is an audio-visual performance that explores what happens when a soundtrack controls the world as much as the world influences its soundtrack. The project is a combination of a soundtrack and realtime generative visuals, both played live.
The Hack n’ Roll is a collaboration between KORG, OK GO and the students and tutors from the Platform 21 unit in the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art in London to design musical instruments that surprise, amuse and excite.
Carolina is an experimental musical landscape for mobile composed of vocals, guitars, bass and mellotrons made in collaboration with music artist Kimbra for her album release, The Golden Echo
Created by Jonathan Fletcher Moore, Artificial Killing Machine is an autonomous mechanical installation that uses the public database on U.S. military drone strikes to visualise deaths of individuals that would otherwise be represented purely as statistical data.