21TET1 @ STEIM
- Foundscape, Installations, Interactive Installations, Sound Installations, Sound Objects ?>
In February 2019 I finished my residency at Sundaymorning@EKWC in Oisterwijk in The Netherlands. The EKWC, or European Ceramic Workcentre, is an institute where artists can immerse themselves in the world of ceramics for a period of three months. During my residency I developed quite a collection of different ceramic sound objects, large and small, in a variety of colours. My research revolved around finding the various sounds that could be made with the material. I mainly focused on porcelain, because of its’ glasslike high pitched clear vibrations when the material is struck.
After my three month residency I continued almost directly with another residency, at STEIM (Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. I took the ceramic sound objects I developed at EKWC to Amsterdam and started developing different ways to play the material. At STEIM I turned my research into a work for the STEIM collection, the chandelier 21TET1, a three storey hanging object with 21 small porcelain sound objects that are activated by a small army of dc motors and solenoids. 21TET1 responds to movements of the listener and activates or interrupts the composition through three sensors that point inwards to the place where the visitor is standing (underneath the chandelier).
21TET1 is part of the Foundscape Orchestra and can function individually but can also be hooked up to the system where many sound objects (Soundshapes) can be played in unison, as one big orchestra.