Kaleidoscope Music is a real-time, algorithmic sound installation that transforms everyday sounds into a rich, harmonic soundscape.
Kaleidoscope Music is a six-channel, real-time sound installation that we want to present at the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston later this year. The piece would create an ambient, evolving sonic space for visitors to the Axiom Center, where we plan to have the installation up for three weeks. But we need your help to make it happen!
The inspiration for this sound installation is the idea of a kaleidoscope: a device that transforms overlooked or mundane aspects of daily life into something rich, unexpected, and beautiful. Ambient sound picked up by microphones positioned around the gallery is fractured and re-dispersed by a custom computer program into new and unpredictable patterns. The Axiom Center is located at the Green Street T station, and as a community and transit hub, it is an ideal place to mount this installation.
Alongside Kaleidoscope Music, we plan to exhibit several prints from my series 29 Giraffes. These images resulted from applying the same types of algorithms I use in my sound work to visual data; they are structurally quite similar to Kaleidoscope Music. The source images are photographs of the colorful neon lights of Shanghai’s East Nanjing Road pedestrian corridor, taken during the six years I spent living in China. Limited edition prints of these images are available to backers of our Kickstarter campaign.
This would be the first time I’m presenting Kaleidoscope Music as originally intended: as a fully immersive, six-channel installation. Previously, I presented a two-channel version in a show at Beijing’s Today Art Museum, and I’ve presented a live performance version on several occasions. Even in these scaled back versions, I considered Kaleidoscope Music to be one of my best compositions, so I’m very excited to finally restore the parameter of space to its central position in the structure of the piece with this Axiom exhibition.
Even though the composition and programming of Kaleidoscope Music are complete and all ready to go, there are still many expenses related to this exhibition, for which we are soliciting Kickstarter contributions. The biggest concern is acquiring the necessary speakers and other equipment to present the installation. There are also mounting and framing costs associated with the digital prints. Your generous contribution will help make this presentation of Kaleidoscope Music financially viable!
Thanks for your attention, and I look forward to welcoming you to Kaleidoscope Music at the Axiom Center later this year.
Yes, you can!
Yes! Any of these could be yours: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7286111@N07/sets/72157623756785236/
For that matter, one of these would be fine, too:
Or if you see something else you like, let's talk.
Yes, you can! I can send you the uncompressed wave file by request.
Since each CD is unique, the duration will vary, but on average it should be around 30 minutes, probably more.
In fact, the music you hear in the video above is a rendering of Kaleidoscope Music! This particular version was recorded at Yu Yin Tang in Shanghai in early 2009. You can get your very own recording of Kaleidoscope Music, custom generated just for you, by contributing to this Kickstarter campaign!