THE HUMAN BODY AS A LIVING CONDUIT BETWEEN TWO OPEN ELECTRICAL CIRCUITS

Created via means of a touch interface, the foundation of the work
is an electrical signal mediated by the human body, in which even the slightest gesture can radically alter the tone, frequency, density and clarity of sonic materials.

This extra-musical, yet highly expressive signal, is in turn used as a tool for vertically scoring the timbral and rhythmic explorations of architectural space. Both musical (piano, strings, and percussion) and visual (architectural photography and film) elements are scored as a physical motion stemming from the ebb and flow of the core electrical signal as it is mediated by the body.

In this manner, electronic and acoustic instrumentation intersect through a process of cross-contamination, in which minor movements are translated into broad structural and dynamic evolutions to the work as a whole.

The utility of touch interfaces provides new means of controlling technology – overcoming the obstacle wherein electronic devices all too often rely on an interface that amplifies the divorce between performative gesture and the production of audio/visual materials. In contrast, the touch interface - in which the fingers of each hand 'close' the circuit and thus produce audible oscillations - directly incorporates the body into the sounding process upon which the visual elements are later mapped.

'The human body...' seeks to develop its own scored audio-visual language, prioritising the specific affordances of the electronic domain through the physical, embodied movements of the human form.


This project seeks to explore non-verbal narratives through the interaction of sound and video. By locating the body as more than simply the controller of the instruments and video cameras used, but instead as a literal part of the electrical circuit upon which such technologies rely, the presence of the body is imbued into the otherwise abstract recordings.

 

The communal space of the cityscape is explored through a process of mapping movement upon the fluctuations of current caused by the human participants involvement in the electrical circuit from which the sound is produced.

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