Mixed Media, Water, Musical Instruments

3.2 m x 0.2 m x 3.2 m 

Odawara Art Festival, Odawara / Japan

The centerpiece of this acoustic installation is a water-filled labyrinth consisting of 16 identical modules made of FRP. Small motors keep the water moving while analog sensors register wave patterns. The electrical impulses from these wave patterns cause small mechanical hammers to strike strings and membranes of found instruments in a former music classroom of a one-hundred year old Japanese elementary school. The result is a concert of constantly changing harmonic and complex rhythmic patterns. A simple analog " thinking machine " plays improvisations "inspired" by the movements of water in a controlled system.


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