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Electroprobes

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Shit! I forgot the iPod!

Electroprobes: Electric babblings. Magnetic hums. Inaudible whistles. Quite a while ago, objects started to speak. With time, they grew smarter. They now have a rich vocabulary. They think and dream… Shit! I forgot the iPod!, by Troika, is a electromagnetic environment specially created for the electroprobes. The installation presents a chaotic assemblage of electric/electronic objects, commonly found in the houses of the 21 st century: electric appliances, mobile phones chargers, DVD players and transformers.

The inherent order behind this chaotic assemblage is revealed by the electroprobes. The various objects are arranged by their electromagnetic tunes in order to create a magnetic “orchestra” that the user is able to hear with the probes. We wanted to reveal their dreams and inaudible dialogues, while creating an alternative taxonomy of the objects in an apparently chaotic sound organ.

Electronic objects have a wide range of electro-tunes: a fridge is bassy and warm, so is a TV screen. A computer scanner creates a high pitched whistling. An LED display board sounds like medium rain. You can also find percussion in the electromagnetic realm: a wireless telephone will pulse hard bass beats, clocks with seconds will provide damp strokes.

Electromagnetic melodies performed by a drill and a TV, songs of interferences between a neon light and a heater, GPS bass lines with remote control solos, the soundscape created by this apparently chaotic sound organ is various, intriguing and ever-changing.


Mar 1, 2006

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