The Sea

generative audio installation, 2020/21
2,5m cube, latex foil, motors PD-0.50-2
with Leo Peschta

The sea is an auditive and visual sculpture, configured as an open, never repeating process of audio waves.
An elastic latex foil is stretched between 4 linear axes driven by stepper motors dividing the space in 3 dimensions. The shape of the sculpture relates to generative processes connected to a DSP-audio platform and the scheduler for the motor movement on the 4 axes of the cube.

The Sea is an extraction of a complex natural phenomenon resulting in an artificial emulation, developing a life-form of its own. Like the ‘real’ sea as an endless repetition of waves, a natural system which results in complex variations over time, it follows the impact of an immersive state, leading to a dystopian vision of an artificial generator. The combination of the stretched foil and the evolvement of the sound result in a highly dynamic, but only seemingly chaotic system, able to generate associations that range from the swell of the ocean to a science-fiction setting. But it should also enable the viewer to perceive the latex foil for what it actually represents - a vibration floating in space.

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graph for motor control, Leo Peschta


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screenshot PD-0.50-2, Paul Gründorfer