The Cave of Sounds

The Cave of Sounds is an interactive sound installation exploring the power of music to bind individuals together and the manner in which we apply technology to broadcast our identity.

It is formed of eight original electronic instruments, each designed and created over a period of ten months by a member of London’s Music Hackspace as a personal and interactive embodiment of the ideas and mind of its creator. Created to exist together, they are an entirely new ensemble of instruments.

The work is exhibited without performers allowing visitors to experience first hand different ways in which action may be turned into sound and used to connect with those around them. Behind the scenes, they communicate with each other via OSC to coordinate musical features such as tempo, harmony and temporal progression.

19-26 August 2013 – The Barbican, London (Hack the Barbican)
21 September 2013 – The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (Digital Design Weekend)
1-3 November 2013 – Watermans, London (Digital Art and Performance Weekender)

The Cave of Sounds was created during a Sound and Music Embedded residency with the Music Hackspace by Tim Murray-Browne working with Music Hackspace members Dom Aversano, Sus Garcia, Wallace Hobbes, Daniel Lopez, Tadeo Sendon, Alex Sonom, Panagiotis Tigas and Kacper Ziemianin.

Embedded is funded by Esmee Fairbairn and realised through support from the Arts Council England. With thanks for support from Duncan Chapman, Atau Tanaka and Hannah Bujic.

Of the eight instruments two use Max to create sound (Lightefface, a drone instrument where each harmonic is controlled by a light-dependent resistor, and Generative Net Sampler, a Kinect-controlled instrument triggering samples harvested from the internet), and three use Max for Live (Rockmore, a theremin running through a pitch tracker to control different timbral loops, Joker, a drum kit played by wearing a mask and tapping conductive tape with your fingers, and Sonicsphere, a piano played by rotating a sphere with an embedded gyro and accelerometer).

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