Wow! Signal-Session, Kramladen, Wien – 08.12.2016
Box with a Lot of Its Own Making
for DIY-cracklebox, live-electronics and video
Produktionsschleifen (a possible translation could be "production-loops") is a series of pieces that draw their inspiration from Robert Morris' famous Box with the Sound of Its Own Making from 1961. A piece, where a loudspeaker is put into a box, playing back a track with the sound of its own construction.
In Box with a Lot of Its Own Making, I tried to extend this recursive concept. I started by building an instrument and recording this process from above, focusing on the movements of my hands. The instrument, that I built is an enlarged version of Michel Waisvisz cracklebox. It consists of an analog feedback-system, that integrates the performers body into its circuit, using body-contacts. In the performance, I reenact the movements of my hands on top the instrument, based on the video recordings I made and thus creating a variety of feedback sounds through these body-contacts. An algorithm furthermore analyzes the resulting sounds of this reenactment and plays back the sounds of the original construction, that sound the most alike through a speaker within the box.
This connection of analog (me) and digital (the algorithm) translation-channels in series bears the possibility of multiple creative misunderstandings and reconnections between differing temporal and spatial layers of the initial construction. Therefore, the former static vector of the constructions time (its documentation) is being turned into a hypertext-like spatial field of audiovisual relations.