It Ended With Silver Balloons

25 min

Den Frie Udstillingsbygning
The New Museum (US)
Roulette (US)

photo by Malle Madsen

A suitcase filled with recorder flutes, a computer. Midi-patch programming – Rhythmical variations. In the implementation of a computer program that enables midi-controlled opening/closing of air vaults, air gates for each tube, it is possible to make very complex rhythmical variations. Experimenting with sound. In the performance, silver balloons are attached to some of the tubes, and are blown up rhythmically accordingly. This provides a sculpturally, mainly visual, usage of the construction, while at the same time defining an airspace and going in to pneumatics. Silver balloons that function mainly visually are pumped up by the air-blowing system. This questions the purpose of the structure in that it is not only a sound generating unit, but also a visual component. Sculpturally… The technical aspect of the piece is making use of the programming language Midi to send signals to electro-magnetically driven air gates, that permits very brief openings – thereby detailed, mechanical punch-card, weaving-like control of the tone patterns. This brings to mind the early developments of inventors of computers, the mathematician Ada Lovelace. Digital. Weaving is weaved into the development of digitally based computers. Weaving with sounds/tones. . Composition – develops slowly, standing still, gradient development in rhythmical patterns. The sonic often has a secondary place in our interpretation of artworks, all though all art is experienced in sonic states as well as visual simultaneously.