BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

(2009-05-31) BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts


BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

May 31, 2009 15:00 - 19:00

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts
175, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Montréal, Canada


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