Posts Tagged ‘technology art

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.


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:


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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A rather awkward Dutchlish TEDx talk by Dutch interactive art designer Tim van Cromvoirt on YouTube:

However, the contents of his presentation and his art works are interesting: check his website and work!

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Fragile Territories is a laser and sound installation by Robert Henke (a.k.a. Monolake). The installation runs on three Mac Mini computers, two for the four lasers and one for sound, code written in MaxMSP.

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If you are interested in the history of electronic and experimental music, including recordings and instruments, you should definitively check out this book: Electronic and Experimental Music – Technology, Music and Culture by Thom Holmes.

The first edition of this textbook appeared already 20 years ago. The current 13th edition begins with the early history of electronic music (Cahill, Varese, theremin, ondes martenot) and ends with Afrika Bambaata, hiphop and turntablism. It provides a global view of electronic music culture and therefore is not restricted to “contemporary” composition, but also includes jazz, rock and hiphop artists. The book focuses on what the author calls the history of the “marriage of technology and music”, fueled by the idea that many techniques and concepts dating from the earliest developments of electronic music still govern contemporary electronic music.

lectronic and Experimental Music- Thom Holmes

Aimed at instructors and students, it is accompanied by a (free) web site, which contains summaries of all chapters in Powerpoint format and a very useful list of online resources. A must read for lovers of (electronic) noises!

I visited the STRP Art & Technology Festival 2010 event in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven for 3 days (like I do every year).
Was impressed by Underworld, Monolake and… The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew ’77 concerts.

STRP 2010 seemed to be more focused on music then art, but there were still some memorable expositions in this 2010 edition.
Best installations/expositions were IMO The Game of Life – Wave Field Synthesis installation and the La Dispersion du Fils 3D video environment of Jean Michel Bruyère.

And BTW: bought some interesting video stuff at the WormShop STRP Festival stand.

See: STRP Art & Technology Festival 2010.

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