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.
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!
“sounds like two robots having a conversation”
How can you listen to artworks? Noise Orchestra visited Whitworth Young Contemporaries this week to work with the group to create electronic sounds inspired by the artworks at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester. We started off exploring the M+Sigg exhibition and looking at the exhibits for visual rythmns that could be interepreted as musical scores. From these drawings we made paper stencils or hand drawn illustrations and then the noise began! The group learnt how to use arduino circuitry to build light theremins that convert patterns and images into sounds. The group loved the rhythms we had a mini rave in the learning studio to the minimal techno sounds!