Lost & Found Orchestra: Foundscape

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Musical compositions with buildings and objects

 

Lost & Found Orchestra
With my Lost & Found Orchestra installations I turn locations, buildings and objects into musical compositions. Every edition is a new location. I start by finding sounds that are hidden under the surface of materials by tapping on the objects, while amplifying them with microphones. The tapping is done by little machines (like electro-magnetic solenoids or small motors) that I control from my computer, which functions as the conductor. So the composition is being generated ‘live’, in real-time, like with an actual orchestra.

 

 

Temporary sound experiences to walk around in
These sound experiences only exist temporarily and sound different every edition. For a certain period of time, the audience can experience the composition, walking around in it, while the room around them is being played. Because the little machines all have a small light, the audience can find easily where which sound is generated. The sound and lights together create an audiovisual experience.

Research for the next stage: Foundscape
Foundscape is the next stage of my project. For three months I will be doing material research at Sundaymorning@EKWC, the European Ceramic Centre in The Netherlands, from November to February. I will experiment with the sound properties of ceramics in different shapes and types. The result will be a series of ceramic sound objects and instruments.
In March and April 2019 I will continue my research at sound-art institute STEIM in Amsterdam. Here I will experiment with techniques to play the ceramics with electronics and develop different ways to turn information into sound.

 

Swiss Army knife for sound-art projects
An important goal of my research is to invent new tools and learn new ways to create sound on location and to perform live with different materials. One of the end goals of my research is to develop my own multifunctional custom-made electronics, like a Swiss Army knife for my sound-art projects. Exhibiting and playing with these experimental setups tools and materials will be the next stage of my research.

 

Making my research possible with crowdfunding
Because the Foundscape project has different stages, in which I will experiment extensively with materials and electronica, I started this crowdfunding campaign. You can help me to do my research and develop new tools and in return choose one of my artworks.


Crowdfunding campaign at Voordekunst.nl

To be able to do all the experiments with ceramic materials and electronics and to develop new tools and look into all the available technical possibilities during my research, I started a crowdfunding campaign on Voordekunst.nl, the Dutch Kickstarter for art projects.

 

On

https://www.voordekunst.nl/projecten/7918

 

you can read about the campaign, and choose one of the rewards and support me in my endeavours. Underneath I am explaining a little bit more about these rewards, since there is limited space on the Voordekunst website itself.


2. Digital download of the ‘Lost & Found Orchestra & Foundscape compositions‘ album
All compositions from 2016 – 2018 (Lost & Found Orchestra I – V) and also future ones (Foundscape) are digitally recorded in their own space with 360 degree microphones, and then mixed with the digital recordings of the individual sounds, giving a good approximation of the experience on location. These recordings together will be made into an album release on Bandcamp, in the end of 2019. All supporters receive a digital download of this album.
€10 – unlimited amount


3a. Adopt a gnome!
One of the compensations for supporters of my Foundscape project is my Gnome Adoption Agency. In 2010 I graduated from the art academy, and my graduation work was Small Talk, a telephone line of two rows of gnomes (one red line connecting to a red phone, one green line connecting to a green phone). The visitor could leave a message with one of the phones which would be carried on by the gnomes to the end of their line, saying the message to the next gnome, one by one, chinese whisper style. The message would be mangled and changed along the way, and you could hear it travel along the gnomes to the end.

Here you can view the original installation with the gnomes in action:

I exhibited this installation for a few years with a lot of fun. Now, a few years after I exhibited it for the last time in 2014, I still have my army of gnomes in my studio. It is hard to say goodbye to them since we been through so much together. That’s why I am putting them up for adoption, so they can all find a new home, and someone to listen to. Because they are good listeners, these gnomes, even though they don’t talk back by themselves.

Every gnome is 29cm high and comes with adoption papers, is numbered and signed. You can choose between a red gnome or a green gnome, they are made of PVC, and hollow on the inside.

Every gnome is €35,- including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-

 

 

 

3b. Early bird/gnome: If you choose the early bird/gnome reward I will make sure that you receive your signed and numbered gnome, with adoption papers and a handwritten christmas note in time for christmas so it can have a new home during the holidays.

Every gnome is €40,- including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-


3c. Adopt a pair of gnomes!
A red one and a green one! My little (29cm) red and green friends were part of my Small Talk installation. If you adopt one of each, they will always have each other when you are not at home to talk to them! Also comes signed and numbered and includes adoption papers.

Every pair is €60,- including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-


4. Adopt a giant gnome!
Bigger version (55cm) of the small gnome.

Choose your color: Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Orange/Purple/Pink/Black/White/Gold/Silver

Every gnome is €75,- including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-

 

5. Ceramic Sound Object, made at EKWC
Ceramic sound objects, handmade. This series I will develop especially during my residency at EKWC. It will contain a ceramic object with electronics that play the object. I am planning to make different kinds, and I will post updates during my residency time at EKWC.
€200 – 10 pieces

Every Ceramic Sound Object is €200,- including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-

 

6. Drankorgel (Drinking Organ)
Drankorgel (Drinking Organ) sound sculptures/instruments. These sculptures are made with prepared alcohol bottles and electronics, and all of them have different mechanisms. The organs all have separate buttons that can be used to play the individual bottles. So two buttons for every organ with two bottles. There are four different editions.

Here you can see them in action, during an exhibition at TENT Rotterdam:

A– two cut-off vodka bottles with fans that blow air into the bottles and let a bottle cap play the bottles
B– two cut-off wine bottles, one with a solenoid playing the outside of the bottle, one with a DC motor with a flexible drumstick playing from inside the bottle
C – one Gordon gin bottle and one Becherovka bottle, both played with a solenoid from the outside
D – two Grolsch beugel bottles, hanging in a swing mechanism, both being played from the middle with two separate solenoids

€250 per piece – 4 different pieces

Every Drankorgel is €250,- per piece, including sending costs in NL
If you live abroad, in Belgium, you have to add €4,-.
If you live in the rest of the EU, add €7,-
Outside of EU, add €11,-

Please state in the comments during your order process if you want A, B, C or D as a reward!

 

7. Foundscape performance
In May 2019, after I finish my research period, I will start with Foundscape performances. Do you want me to do a performance in your building/festival/event? It will be a performance in which I play with the sounds and materials of a location, by finding the unique audio signature of the place and playing the materials with my orchestra of small machines, amplified with digital techniques, in combination with the new techniques and tools I will develop in the next half a year.

I will first come by your location to find the sounds and make a setup, and prepare the space (a day before the performance). After this I will do a live performance of 45 minutes during your event, concert, festival or open day. In total, preparation and setup (first day) , followed by a performance (same day or second day), will take two days. Travelling costs are additional, and a P/A system has to be present or rented (separate costs). 

€650 – 10 pieces

 

8. Foundscape installation
From May 2019, after I finish my research period, I will start making Foundscape installations on different locations. Do you want me to do an edition of the installation in your building/festival/event? It will be an installation in which I play with the sounds and materials of a location, by finding the unique audio signature of the place and playing the materials with my orchestra of small machines, amplified with digital techniques, in combination with the new techniques and tools I will develop in the next half a year.

I will come by your location to find the sounds and make a setup, and prepare the space (a day before the installation is visible for an audience). The second day the installation can run during your event, concert, festival, exhibition or open house event. In total, preparation and setup (first day), followed by the running installation (second day), and building down (third day) will take three days. Travelling costs are additional, and a P/A system has to be present or rented (also separate costs).

€1000 + €250 for every additional day that the installation runs  – 10 pieces

Here you can see two examples of Lost & Found Orchestra installations:

 


All illustrations by Miguel Dominguez, except the Foundscape ‘logo’