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A show-object, a fascinating sound sculpture!

CYNETART award T-Systems Multimedia Solutions 2010 ↲

Sound Sculpture Cycloïd-E

To start off, a desire to approach mechanisms that produce visible undulatory movements and to set them against the development of sound waves. A pendulum. And what if this pendulum was made up of horizontally articulated segments, if a motor replaced the gravitational effect? The segments of the pendulum become metallic tubes equipped with sound sources and with measuring instruments capable of making them resonate according to their rotations. A succession of unexpected movements becomes apparent. The equilibrium in the energy exchanges between the segments is almost perfect; the
trajectories are surprisingly right and natural. We are facing harmony.

Cycloïd-E produces music. The faster the movements, the more enriched, brilliant and the louder is the spectral tone. Music expresses the humour of the machine, for example with an orchestral scream. Each part of the arm is an instrument which produces its own sounds depending on its activity. These tones result from orchestral instruments like the piano, cello, violin, clarinet, and diverse percussions. They are in a state perpetual evolution. The interpolation of their tone produces a kind of hybrid resonance. From these spatial movements an evaluative harmony is born, a kind of topology of tones, which includes an idea of tones trajectory.

A musical system was created based on the notion of harmony, the harmonic movement of the arm of Cycloïd-E. This system produces, develops, and enriches spectral tones resulting from the analysis of acoustic instruments. During the performance a bank of oscillators reconstitutes these tones dynamically.

Through its fascinating and hypnotic dance, Cycloïd-E delineates the space of sound orbits and creates a unique kinetic and polyphonic work.

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