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Nowadays lots of media artists, musicians and music software and hardware products are dedicated to translating visuals into sounds and vice versa. One of the pioneers in this area of “visual sound” was a British electronic composer called Daphne Oram. She was one of the founders of the famous BBC Radiophonic Workshop in 1958. But after hearing Poème électronique of Edgar Varese at the Brussels World’s Fair, she decided to leave the BBC and start her own electronic music studio a year later, the Oramics Studios for Electronic Composition. In this studio, she made one of the first synthesizers and quite likely the first audiovisual synthesizer in the beginning of the 1960s: the Oramics Machine.

With this (of course) analogue and largely mechanical machine, she drew shapes and waveforms onto a synchronised set of ten 35mm film strips which overlayed a series of photo-electric cells. These cells in turn generated electrical charges to control amplitude, timbre, frequency and duration of sounds generated by oscillators. This audiovisual way of music composition was called “Oramics” by Daphne Oram:

Daphne Oram died in 2003 at the age of 77 and oramics and the Oramic Machine were forgotten. But in 2011 the Oramics Machine has been salvaged and now is part of the collection of the Science Museum in London. The videos below document the rescue of this pioneering synthesizer by the Science Museum and explain some of the groundbreaking audiovisual concepts behind it:

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Intrigued by optical sound, Mariska de Groot [NL] makes and performs comprehensive analog light-to-sound instruments and installations which explore this principle in new ways. Her work often has a reference to media inventions from the past, with which she aims to excite a multi-sensorial and phenomenological experiences in light, sound, movement and space.

CineChine

In CineChine you experience in physical proportions the phenomenon optical sound – an invention of the 1920’s applied in celluloid and synthesizers – where light and sound are a similar. Objects that remind of a disassembled movie machine are positioned in the room. For every exhibition a new side-specific composition is made:

Niburu

Nibiru is a mechanical performative installation wherein simple rhythmical body movements activates a squeaky pendulum drawing machine, that on its turn creates complex mathematical images. Noises of friction are amplified and sound patterns are created by light-sensitive speakers that scan the changing projected geometric line image:

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Ran into these guys yesterday in the Glaspaviljoen at the Bizarre Sound Creatures exhibition during the magnificent Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven:

Geluidsdrug, a collective organizing biweekly electronic jam sessions in Artspace Flipside, at walking distance from my home:

Everybody can join their jam sessions in Flipside, so I am going to pay them a visit soon..

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Alcove is an audiovisual installation by Supermafia DJ’s, a collective of vj’s, art director, artists and musicians based in Switzerland. The viewer is located on the sidewalk outside the gallery. Isolated from the environment, thanks to wireless headphones, he find himself separated from the piece by a glass window.
The window is used to create a separation & sometimes becomes a mirror, inserting the viewer into the art piece:

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From September 10 to 13, the Gogbot Festival 2015 will be held again in Enschede, NL.

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Gogbot is the largest yearly Dutch multimedia/media art event. This years festival theme is “the internet of things“, in which I also have a professional interest. Focus is on the influence internet connected devices have on us and society:

The festival is held on multiple locations in Enschede and has art, lectures and music program tracks. Collaborating media artists include a.o. Dries de Poorter and Julius Popp who will present his BIT.FALL installation:

I’ll visit the festival opening on September 10. Don’t miss it if you are anywhere near Enschede and are interested in disruptive media art!

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