Music is a good thing. But what we did not know until we started with the research for this piece: Music is also a pretty damn complex thing. This experimental animation is about the attempt to understand all the parts and bits of it. Have a look. You might agree with our conclusion!
A turntable that focuses on actively composing and playing music. This record player has 5 tone arms, each of which can have its volume controlled by its own fader. This is an analogue answer for the digitalized DJ. By Yuri Suzuki
Physical beat box
Physical beat box
The Beatbox is a physical programmable drum machine. Consisting of 5 tappers and a central hub you can teach each tapper by tapping on its top. Once taught they will faithfully re-tap your rhythms until you tell them to stop, or teach them again.
More infos here or watch the interesting video!
switch - solo exhibition
Okamoto's new creation "musical table" and "lighting chair" are exhibited during in the period.
Musical table : The musical table installed 504 volumes on the top plate, and there are 504 musical box movements which play only a single sound in the point of the 5-m electric line extended from there…
Lighting chair : They are a chair in which the electric socket plates are embedded, and a chair in which the switch plates are embedded.
More infos here. For video about the exhibition see here
Music from a tree
To celebrate Earth Day 2012 Burt's Bees asked me to create a video performance in the style of my Music from a Tree.
They thought to include as "instruments" also some of the ingredients used in their products, like honey, almonds, rice, and coconuts; also bees had a musical role in this piece.
Check out the vid here or more infos.
Remix your music
Where exactly are the boundaries between copying and influences? Ever thought about the differences of an original and a spin off? Is there even any new art possible without the use of an influence? There is a wonderful documentary about it all: watch here!
Also intersting to stop by here: Where good ideas come from and The Ecstasy of influences
Playing the Building
Playing the building is a sound installation in which the infrastructure, the physical plant of the building, is converted into a giant musical instrument. Devices are attached to the building structure — to the metal beams and pillars, the heating pipes, the water pipes — and are used to make these things produce sound. The activations are of three types: wind, vibration, striking. The devices do not produce sound themselves, but they cause the building elements to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument. By David Byrne - ex singer of Talking Heads.
1.000 Instruments in the desert
< The band OK Go dropped 1.000 instruments into a desert near Los Angeles and played them with car which was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed. Singing as they played the instrument array with the car… There are no ringers or stand-ins. Great Music Video watch!
Listening To The Twentieth Century
At Alex Ross websites you can listen to brief excerpts of some of the works discussed in The Rest Is Noise. There are also embedded videos, images, and links to archives, stories, and sound files elsewhere on the Internet.