We made a short showreel for the gallery that can be played when we are not in the sound lab. Throughout the residency we are going to experiment with moving image as a means to alter sound frequency. Projecting this first film near the light theremins proved to be a good jump off point for ideas playing around with visual movement, scrolling and opacity all affecting live sounds. Here is the first test recording of the Theremin Oscillators responding to and playing the sound from the showreel visuals. We are going to experiment with trying to limit the very high frequencies.
This week Noise Orchestra have been getting in at the National Media Museum. The gallery is looking amazing with our RED experimentation lab and performance area at one end of the space, an exhibition area displaying some of the objects and images from the collections (we are going to turn these into sounds) and a workshop area with five turntable and oscillator set ups for engagement with audiences.
Today we also trained the Explainers at the museum who will be leading drop in workshops for families and schools. Here they are drawing from the objects to create their own visual scores.
Moscow is a city bathed in lights and frentic with electricity. Using guitar pickups we rode the metro and walked the streets of the city to listen to the electromagnetic waveforms all around. There were lots of surprises, the underlying hum and drone of the town interspersed with bleeps, buzzes and surges of passing electric buses, transport and cables; here is a sample from our Metro journeys…
We took our circuits to Gorky Park today to test the mini amplifiers and see if we could produce fluctuations in shadow and sound through movement of the trees on the photocell. Sounded pretty good.
First day in Moscow and we visited the Glinka state museum, housing a wonderful collection of musical instruments of Russian culture. Of particular interest to us were the electronic pieces. We were wowed by the ANS synthesizer and early example of a Theremin. If only we had been allowed to play them!