Vibrations and Waves

Vibrations and Waves

pendulums

2010

maquette / prototype

dimensions: variable

piano strings, turnbuckles, wooden table, wood, 12 volt batteries, electromagnetic coils, electric guitar pick-ups, mechanical components, 555 oscillator circuits


Electromagnetically driven strings sound continuously, above which are two pendulums with pick-ups mounted on each of their extremities. Whenever a pendulum passes over an acoustically vibrating wire, the pick-ups capture the sound.


reference:
Pendulum Music Steve Reich, 1968
Music On A Long Thin Wire, Alvin Lucier, 1977
The Wires, Alan Lamb, 1976 - present
Kick That Habit, Voice Crack, 1989


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Stepper Motor Choir

2008

solar-powered kinetic sound installation

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

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Vibrations and Waves

experiments in electromagnetism

2010

research project

All materials have resonant frequencies at which they most naturally vibrate.

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Vibrations and Waves

rusted resonators

2010

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.

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Vibrations and Waves

parasitic resonators

2010

public prototype / sound installation

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

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Vibrations and Waves

text

2011

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

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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.

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Pendulum Music On A Long Thin Wire

2012

performance installation

Swinging pendulums, oscillating electromagnets, pickup coils, rhythmic phasing. After Steve Reich and Alvin Lucier.

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Instrumentation

2012

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.

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Irrational Orchestration

2013 - current

research project

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.

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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.

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