Sound performance based on introspective, deep, bare tones that are a translation of the sound captured by contact microphones incorporated to a sculptural modules. These modules will act as instruments activated by the interaction with self designed 3D printed “claws” inspired by the metal subculture.
We use the elements and symbols from the subgroups of the subcultural metal scene as instruments on stage, that as part of an aesthetic, have lost their original “purpose” to feed a new symbolic reason to be.
As an artistic duo, Raffael Seyfried and I, both interested in music (also metal music), new media and materiality we are rethinking this objects not only as aesthetic containers, but also as actors/instruments. In our praxis together we have always been interested on translation between the spatial, haptics, resonant and sound fields.
The sound process of the piece is defined by multiple intertwined feedback loops forming a network of emerging chaos. These feedback networks are violently interrupted by the other specially created sculptural sound objects which are being struck with metal claws by the performer. The resulting vibrations are picked up by contact microphones. The sound process is implemented as a patch on a modular synthesizer system. The patch consists of three main elements: distortion, reverberation and delay. These are configured in such a way that they feed into each other and feed back into themselves. One of the more unique ways in which sound is treated in this work is the frequent translation from the electronic into the physical realm and back. Sound is not only fed from the physical sound objects on stage into the electronic synthesizer but also inside the synthesizer the signals are fed through multiple physical springs. In this way the sound takes on an organic and unpredictable quality.