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[Oct 14 – 16] Knotted Gate Chant Cycle a generative installation by MSHR
Oct 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - Oct 16, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Knotted Gate Chant Cycle is a generative sound, light and sculpture installation by MSHR. Incandescent light bulbs, lasers and CMOS based synthesizers are ceremonially arranged into a feedback system spatialized through a quadrophonic speaker array. These elements form a macro-scale sculptural circuit that acts as both score and environment. The installation is presented in tandem with a synthesizer building workshop taught by MSHR at Pioneer Works. www.mshr.com
The installation takes the form of a macro-scale sculptural circuit that acts as the score for a non-repeating, yet cyclical transmission of sound and light. The output of each element acts as input for the other, cross-modulating via ornamental pathways of electronic cables embedded into the architecture of the room. The system produces a temporal shrine inhabited by undulating four dimensional sculptures.
The synthesizers are constructed using binary logic gates, but are run as analog systems with a focus on playing the internal architecture of the chips themselves and controlling the parameters of synthesis optically using the fluttery quality produced by the filaments of incandescent light bulbs. This technique reveals a sound that is both geometric and organic.
The sonic forms produced in this electronic chant are also in a conceptual feedback system with MSHR’s visual language- the sound events and sculptural elements are meant to reflect one another abstractly and directly, as part of the same aesthetic language.
Visitors to the installation act as a source of instability in this circuit, observing and subtly altering the system with their presence, their bodies becoming a part of the mouth of the room, shaping the the sound as as it sings an unending cybernetic incantation of itself.