Monthly Archives: April 2015

“those who observe the wind will not sow…” Advertisements

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

‘He was thinking, incidentally, that there was a moment or two in his epileptic condition almost before the fit itself (if it occurred in waking hours) when suddenly amid the sadness, spiritual darkness and depression, his brain seemed to catch fire at brief moments….His sensation of being alive and his awareness increased tenfold at those […]

Spatial Measure

  (presented at Fremont May 12 2014) Following the vertical precedence in the previous prototype, this modification uses the monochord as a control interface for the heights of 4 speakers from the ground (through the action of 4  4-phase stepper motors – JAMECO 237607 ).  This allows the sounding representation of integer ratios to transit […]

monochord Performance-Installation

    Music on a Short Thin Wire (2014) Monochord performance-installation at Gallery 1412 in Seattle,WA in April 2014.  The monochord was set to autotune – cycle through motor values and pitch values.  When resonance frequencies were detected, the monochord held this for a specified duration of time.  Artificial synths were introduced at this point- […]

installation testing phase I

Installation testing phase 1 Wire with the sound of its own tension or The box with universal connector Aims: to extend the instrument to room-scale, investigating the relationships of internal and external resonance.   Sketches pre-fabrication: Fabrication :         Transposing of Space:         Notes: 1. Wire length requires low […]

initial prototype – Instrumentation

  With the resurgence in systems theory and holistic views of the environment, coupled with an increase in the technology’s presence within the musical and artistic spheres, it is a good time to explore these antiquated ideas of holism and symbol through a most fundamental tool/instrument.  The monochord is reworked into a cybernetic musical improvisational […]

Monochord Project – Introduction

The focus of this series of experimental works is to describe the Cybernetic Monochord developed at DXARTS and to redefine a technical and historical lineage from its more traditional twin. The monochord, at first glance is a rather pale example of the (revived) discourses of systems art, but not only has it been integral to the development, demonstration […]