this little performance came about in january 2006 at 'mala galerija' in the
middle of ljubljana as part of month-long series of sound events called 'oscilations'
organized by museum of modern art.
the point of departure was a chaotic fusion of ideas and thoughts on social
role of sound and its (non)abstractness and signification. prevailing background
is the idea of temporary sound -- zone or sound object, that establishes itself
with help of everyone involved in a short frame of time. as such, it is not
leaning towards its own archival and survival in a monolithic form. this suddenly
enables everyone to think about the fluidity of meanings (in sound too), its
shortcomings and possibilities of self-actualization.
technicaly, number (4) of old pc machines were installed with Debian Linux and Pure Data and a pd patch (slave application), that communicated with outside world (other machines) through a local network ([netsend][netreceive]). sound was generated by means of a simple granular synthesizer (part of each patch) that was able to receive parameters from the network. the machines would produce sound by themselves and could each work in two modes: (a) 'obedient slave' - controlled by one master patch on a laptop (fifth machine), or (b) 'talking slave' - connecting to other machines and sending them different randomly generated parameters in certain time intervals.
the gallery was open throughout the day when visitors/friends/musicians could drop in and see work in process and talk to artist (and machines). in the evening the basic functionality was explained and a _controlled_ and _let-loose_(when machines controlled eachother) sessions/performances were done consequently.
released here is one piece from a month earlier as part of preparation and creation of granular patches (granulator) and edited parts recorded from the session (thanks to borut savski for minidisc recording!).
download ogg vorbis files:
loosebot_granumachine_rakitna-201205 (17mb, 13min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_1_131206 (9mb, 6min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_2_131206 (7mb, 5min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_3_131206 (13mb, 8min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_4_131206 (10mb, 7min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_5_131206 (13mb, 10min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_6_131206 (6mb, 4min)
malanoiz_granumachines_part_7_131206 (16mb, 12min)
read the short text written for catalogue here
for the curious: pure data patches are available + screenshots