Vibrations and Waves
experiments in electromagnetism

Vibrations and Waves
experiments in electromagnetism


research project

dimensions: variable

piano strings, turnbuckles, helping hands, wooden table, wooden blocks, DC power supply, electromagnetic coils, glass, mouth-harp, 555 oscillator circuits, screwdriver, radio

Experiments in electromagnetism with strings, glass and metal. All materials have resonant frequencies at which they most naturally vibrate.

Ondes et vibrations

Expérimentations électromagnétiques avec cordes, radio, métal et verre

(texte vidéo)

Tout matériau vibre naturellement à une fréquence de résonance donnée.

Les bobines électromagnétiques réglables émettent des ondes magnétiques qui font vibrer les cordes à piano tendues au-dessus d'elles.

à son niveau de vibration maximale, la corde atteint son point de résonance et effleure la bobine, ce qui génère la rumeur.

En multipliant le nombre de bobines, on obtient des gammes d'harmoniques et de résonances complexes.

L'application de poids sur la table désaccorde manuellement les cordes et en modifie le son.

Le jeu des forces entre les aimants fixés à la surface d'une plaque de verre et les bobines placées au-dessous génère une vibration acoustique.

En touchant les composantes de la guimbarde, on peut amplifier ou amortir certaines tonalités.

Tout câble métallique sous tension émet des ondes. Ainsi, une radio AM réglée à une fréquence tournant à vide capte les ondes émises par chacune des bobines.

traduction: Claudine Hubert

Music On A Long Thin Wire, Alvin Lucier, 1977
The Wires, Alan Lamb, 1976 - present
Kick That Habit, Voice Crack, 1989


Stepper Motor Choir


solar-powered kinetic sound installation

Twelve solar-powered stepper motors sing with rotating, resonating panes of broken glass.

Vibrations and Waves


maquette / prototype

Maquette for Pendulum Music On A Long Thin Wire. Swinging pendulums, oscillating electromagnets, pickup coils, rhythmic phasing. After Steve Reich and Alvin Lucier.

Vibrations and Waves
rusted resonators


public prototype / site-specific sound installation

This temporary site-specific sound installation was created collaboratively (with Darsha Hewitt) during a 3 week rural residency at Cultivamos Cultura in Sao Luis, Alentejo in southern Portugal.

Vibrations and Waves
parasitic resonators


public prototype / sound installation

Site specific exhibition in a condo showroom. Gallery lighting as solar power; in situ display panels as resonant surfaces.

Vibrations and Waves


A text prepared for presentation for the 2011 ISEA conference in Istanbul.

Instrumentation demonstrations

2011 - 2012

series of experiments

In-studio rehearsals for what would become the a site variable kinetic audio installations Instrumentation and Instrumentation Variations. Video documentation showing experiments, maquettes and techniques coming out of a long-term research project entitled Vibrations and Waves.



site-variable kinetic sound installation

Light, electromagnetism and resonance figure centrally in Instrumentation, a sprawling kinetic sound installation in which these immaterial phenomena are manipulated by expressly material means. Exhibited internationally as a range of site-specific installations.

IO / spiderlogic

2013 - current

research project

IO (formerly Irrational Orchestration) is a series of works developed broadly as schematic guidelines for improvised installations, rather than pre-determined finished artwork. Electromagnetism, intuitive/ad hoc architectural structures, absurdist extensions of building infrastructural systems (HVAC, electrical), hardware neural networks.

Instrumentation, variations

2012 - 2014

series of site-variable kinetic audio installation

Site specific variations of Instrumentation presented internationally in France, Norway, Québec, Portugal, Slovenia and Italy from 2012 to 2014. Variation no. 3 (Chicoutimi) and Variation no. 8 (Québec City) are the most divergent.

Instrumentation, variation no. 8
Québec City, Québec


site-variable kinetic sound installation

Site specific eighth variation of Instrumentation. Peripheral spaces not ordinarily used for exhibition, occupied by assemblies of mechanical performers.