SOUND TOWERS AT THE SECRET BASE BY THE LAKE
This is a short description of the exhibition SECRET BASE BY THE LAKE, focussing on the SOUND TOWERS and moveable module. The show opened April 2014 at the McIntosh Gallery in London Ontario Canada. Interview, camera work and editing by Thomas Cermak.
A GOLD COIN FOR EACH ONE OF THEM, Fiberglass, Wood, Acrylic paint, LED's, plexiglass, arcade buttons, wires of multiple dimensions, modified bitvision, sound sampler/looper and LCD Monitor, 2012 TV: 27 x 20 1/2 x 4 in.
Controller: 20 x 11 x 13 in.
This piece is a video and sound sculpture created with the intent for it to be played by visitors to the exhibition space. A customized Audio sampler, and a re-programmed video synthesizer, are housed in the sculpture that sits on the plinth. These devices send images and sounds, to the LCD Monitor built into the sculpture which is mounted on the wall.
The size of the visuals, sensitivity towards the influence of the beat on the image, as well as how the audio affects the color are manipulated through different combinations of pressing the buttons.
These changes all occur in time with the current selected instrumental.
The beats coming from the sound sampler are made on an modified 8-bit game boy and then imported onto the sound sampler.The effect of these beats on the visuals take the digital paintings that began mainly as figurative images
and bring them to abstraction, patterns and back to figurative shape all in seconds.
Adding to them movement and pulse involving random colour shifting.
HAT TO THE SUN , circuit bent electronics, fiberglass and enamel, plexi glass, potentiometers, wire and wood, 2012, 20 x. 12.5 x 2.5 in.
The electronics inside of Hat to the sun are taken from within a Sleep Sound Therapy Machine. I have modified it by making the rate and pitch of the audio samples now controlled by a potentiometer.
THREE FROM THE BRAIN SERIES, plastic from reclaimed children's toys, LED's, constructed IC's and wire, tamiya model paint, fiberglass and epoxy, potentiometers and speakers 2012. Brains are 7 x 4.5 x 6 in. Amplifiers are multiple dimensions.
A demonstration of some of the sounds that come from three of the BRAIN sound sculptures from the Brain series with their amplifiers. Made November 2012. Each pairing of instrument and amplifier have their own slight personalities in tone and temperament. I made the original BRAIN sound sculpture to play in my sound collage project GYM Zsahib. The rest of the series are slightly different from the original and from each other. They are intended to be played by visitors to the exhibition space. To me it sounds best when more than one are being played at the same time.
THE ORIGINAL BRAIN, plastic from reclaimed children's toys, LED's, circuit bent DOD ICE BOX guitar effect pedal, tamiya model paint, Fiberglass and epoxy, 2012, 7 x 4.5 x 6 in.
The red triangle at the front of this sound sculpture engages the control stick and side buttons (Star and circle). The tones change when different combinations of buttons are pushed, the control stick is angled and the black dial are turned. The on/off switch is at the bottom and is powered by one 9 volt battery. In this example BRAIN is played through a sculpture/amplifier unit. BRAIN and the amplifier are connected through a mono 1/4 input jack.
NONE HOP BLUE, Fiberglass, wood, paperboard, arcade buttons, Acrylic paint, plexi glass, modified NEBULOPHONE and electronics, 2012, 18 x 9 x 3 in.
The white, blue and black arcade buttons generate tones in a scale that changes with each push. The red buttons also affect the glide and rhythm of the tones. The white dials select different personalities and arpeggiation of each tone. The instrument is turned on and off with the red switch and is powered by a 9 volt battery. In this example NONE HOP BLUE is played through a sculpture/amplifier unit. NONE HOP BLUE and the amplifier are connected through a mono 1/4 input jack.
IMPROVISATION WITH SOUND SCULPTURES.
Sound Sculptures BANDIT, THEOPOLIS and FLAVOUR are played by Peter Thompson, Paul Walde and James Kirkpatrick, through Sound Amplifiers/Sculptures COMMAND CENTER HOME BASE and LEADER ONE.
These sound sculptures are exhibited and intended to be played by gallery visitors in an attempt to encourage collaboration. In this example, Thompson and Kirkpatrick are playing with Paul Walde for the first time as a trio. The sound sculptures are not intended to create traditional music, rather, spontaneous, improvised sounds.
GOTCHA , acrylic paint, plaster of paris, and hot glue on wood and metal armature with internal audio equipment playing sounds from ciruit bent toys, one motor, wires and three aa batteries, 2010, 30 x 22 x 4 in.
The four circuit bent toys and materials used to create this Sound Sculpture were found in Sackville New Brunswick and put together to make GOTCHA during my residency at STRUTS GALLERY.It is turned on with the push of a button at the top of the sculpture. A random pattern of wheel spins and sounds occur each time the sculpture is activated. The batteries go in a small compartment at the back.
This is a Circuit bent instrument in a sculpture It is made out of wood, plastic, paper, cellulose, plaster of paris and paper board. Approximately 2'x 1.5'. It plays up to 10 different noises, sometimes more sometimes less, sometimes a mix of 2 noises. Has adjustable volume control. Powered from 4 AA batteries. Finished January 1st 2010.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?outdoor sound sculpture installation
96"x90"x32" and 91"x 23"x24", gypsum and acrylic exterior paint on wood and metal armature, with internal audio equipment playing sounds from circuit bent instruments, pictured in Victria Park, London Ontario at LOLA Festival. September 2010.
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