NEW WRITINGS OF SOUND AND MUSIC// Mike Richison // Simulsuck
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*Instrumentation ou modalités d’interprétation : Custom Software and Custom Controller Made of Found Vacuum Cleaners
How would you describe this form of writing sound and / or music?
Simulsuck is a mash-up of video, performance, sculptural assemblage and custom electronics.
Simulsuck utilizes a custom video controller comprised of discarded vacuum cleaners. The controller houses interactive electronic meters and dials that feed information such as volume and rate into the computer program Max/MSP/Jitter. The program then outputs the video while altering it according to the incoming data. For the video component, I gathered television commercials for cleaning products such as mops, sprays, sponges, and, of course, vacuum cleaners. The result is a rhythm-based improvisational musical performance.
How do you think your proposal can be interpreted?
The lines and numbers corresponded to the computer interface and the values created by the sensors. These numbers feed into the Max/MSP/Jitter interface. I would like to see another digital artist work with the numbers and the abstracted lines. I’m a big fan of Cornelius Cardew, and I think his work Treatise leaves a lot up to the musician and/or conductor. I would be interested in see how another artist can make sense of the lines and numbers.
3. What meanings or additional level provides this particular form of writing to the performance and / or to the interpretation of the work?
I used this notation system to keep track of sounds and combinations that I found interesting. Through experimentation with the controller, the interface, and the found footage (footage of vacuum cleaners, and commercials of vacuum cleaners and other cleaning products), I discovered interactions that resulted in abstract soundbeds and rhythms.