Media // Wood, paper, mechanical movement, piezoelectric transducer, computer with Max MSP
Date // February 2014
Info // Created during the Music Tech Fest Wellington 2014 hackathon, this piece combines the beauty & simplicity of a clockwork music box with the signal processing power of modern computing. The captured audio is analyzed by Max MSP, which has been programmed to recognize different notes which will in turn trigger different sequences of effects. The computer is in essence being programmed ‘live’ by the punched holes in the paper strip, and the result is an ethereal soundscape of seemingly impossible music, and the elements of chance & randomness within the programming ensure that no two performances will be the same.
Each time a paper strip is played through the music box, the result will be a new rendition of that composition, never to be heard again unless recorded.
I am very tempted to install a cutoff switch on my telecaster. Might have to spend some more time with it until it feels more like my guitar, then I’ll probably feel comfortable drilling into the control plate.