The installation Our Harmony is a result of a collaboration between me and two master students from ‘New Audiences and Innovative Practices’ (NAIP) from the conservatory: Kim Bosch and Stefan Kirschbaum. For several months NAIP students and MADtech students had been collaborating to create a one day experimental music festival that we in the end called Hotch Potch. So during this festival on May 13, 2017, many visitors were walking in and out of Our Harmony. By moving their shared position people could trigger sounds and music. Only in collaboration they could really move the music. During performances, the audience was also able to interact with live musicians, and create an atmosphere together.
For a while I have dreamed to be able to play the cello. What a beautiful instrument. I searched for classes, but ended up not taking them because I didn’t have the money, time, and energy for it. I wanted to focus fully on performing, singing and composition. But this wish, and my love for the timbre of the cello didn’t go away. What if I could quickly build an intuitive instrument for myself, so that I could be able to express myself with something that comes close to a cello?
I am really enthusiastic about the concepts of involving the audience in a music performance and allowing people to create music together in an intuitive way (without needing music knowledge). That’s why I started to play around with the Kinect, to track how people walk in a space, and let their movements create music. (this fascination with movement to music seems to relate to a previous project of mine: TardiSpaces)
1. One person = one instrument
Inspiration: Circuli – Generative Ambient Sound Instrument
Desta Matla and I have set up and hosted our installation “TardiSpaces” from the 16th of December until the 18th on Orbit Light Festival 2016.
Experience the aesthetic world of micro-animals in real time
At first sight, nothing interesting seems to be going on inside tiny spaces such as water drops and moss. In TardiSpaces you can visually and sonically experience the aesthetic world of such tiny spaces in real time. We hacked a simple webcam to function as a microscope, so the viewer can emerge in live images of the tiny space. Different kinds of micro-organisms will be swimming by, such as amoebas and tardigrades. Little do these moving creatures know that they are live music performers…
Inspiration: generative music
During the LIFE/FORMS workshop of Tez, Desta and I created TardiSpaces, a live installation in which micro organisms are musical performers, and together with their microscopic image create an aesthetic experience of tardigrade spaces. Isn’t it fascinating that tardigrades can survive almost everything, including being in space?
This video gives an atmospheric impression of experiments and presentations with this installation.
This is a song that comes out of a first draft Max project in which music is randomly generated and played via Ableton instruments.