Russian artist ::vtol:: (aka. Dmitry Morozov) creates physical gadgets that deploy algorithms in the sound making process. This project, Red, combines optical projections with electronic sound synthesis. The sound has four channels, each of which interacts with the various physical components, including position of the motors and brightness of the light. For more on Red, see the Creators Project post.
What if the weather can drive the sonic environment inside? Similar to John Luther Adams’ The Place Where You Go To Listen, Ethan Rose has constructed a locally weather driven sound installation. The piece translates wind speed, temperature, precipitation, and sunlight, into an emergent sound field that mimics what we see outside.
See Ethan’s website for more details: http://www.ethanrosemusic.com/elements
Water comes in. Music comes out. That’s what you’d expect from a “sea organ.” Inspiration today comes from architect Nikola Bašić, and his organ built on the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia. As noted on Colassal.com, “The acoustic jetty spans some 230 feet (70 meters) and incorporates 35 polyethylene tubes of varying diameter. As waves flood each tube underwater, displaced air is forced through large whistles tuned to play seven chords of five tones. Day in and day out, music seems to emanate from the ground, a playful interplay between nature and design.” Wunderbar.
Architectural interview and breakdown (with sketches)
Finding inspiration in acoustic properties of objects and work that involves DC motors. In Berghaus’s work, a DC-motor moves a steel file against a stone. A microphone transduces the sound of the filing, which is sent to an array of guitar pedals before being sent to an amp. The sound is “equalized with heavy bass, then run through two layers of two-octave drops and heavy reverb.”
Link: Installation video
The Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) utilizes tree rings to inform us of dry and wet years in a region, spanning 1000 years of data. Taking inspiration from Traubeck’s Years, where an optical light reads the rings of a tree like an LP, playing piano music based upon this light information. http://traubeck.com/years/
Cornelia Konrads land art pieces contain individualized particles of natural objects. The structures reveal as they defy… Inspiration as applied to water droplets or chunks of dried dirt within the California water crisis.
Taking inspiration from Netherlands-based artist Berndnaut Smilde who creates nimbus clouds indoors, “relying on a delicate balance of smoke, moisture and light.”