Author Archives: joel ong

In Sonorous Plein Air

Proposal to the Currents New Media Festival 2019 Outdoor Installation /Projections Category Project Team (correspondence): Joel Ong, Wendy Tremayne, Dan Tapper Project Title: In Sonorous Plein Air Currents Application2019  Both wind (in the environment) and breath share a common neglect. These quotidian and often overlooked aspects of everyday life offer profound metaphors for life. The […]

“those who observe the wind will not sow…”

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 […]