Audio Kinematics

Audio Kinematics

An audio/video installation by Jost Muxfeldt.

Premiered Jan. 25-Feb.3, 2007at Tesla Media Arts Center in Berlin.

"Jost Muxfeldt developed a clever and refined sound/image experience during his stay at the Tesla ... Whether the the sound is visualized or the speeding diagrams are set to sound is unimportant. It is a total art work which addresses both senses. ... One does not have to understand the explanations about sine waves, amplitude modulations, kinematics, or binary tree structures in order to enjoy this work"
---Sebastian Preuss, Berliner Zeitung

 

Audio Kinematics works with the idea of kinematic relations in sound-placement: a virtual audio sculpture. It utilizes the spatial relations and proportions of a mechanical structure to determine various parameters of a sound composition, and creates a kind of virtual kinetic sound sculpture.

About the Project
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Audio Kinematics works with the phenomenology of sound and space, and how a listener is manifest in that space. Formally, it plays with the idea of kinematic relations on the level of sound: a virtual audio sculpture. It utilizes the spatial relations and proportions of a mechanical structure to determine various parameters of a sound composition, and creates a kind of virtual kinetic sound sculpture.

 

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The motions in the current realization are based on the principle of a mobile. This principle is base on a binary tree structure combined with circular motions. Since the motions of the individual nodes are always circular, they can over time be described with a series of sine waves added to each other . The motion of one node is thus described by the amplitude modulation of the sine wave of the parent node. Thus the motion is closely related to one of the most basic principles of audio synthesis.

 

The entire structure allows for a total sound experience in which the progression over time is determined on the one hand by the choice of the actual sound components, and on the other hand by the distance and motion of these components in relation to the listener. The listener is drawn into a relation to a sound environment whose shape and timbre changes over time by means of its specific spatial mechanics.The motion is simultaneously projected on a screen so that the listener can follow the mechanics of the sound visually as well.

 

Exhibits
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Exhibits of Audio Kinematics

2007 as part of Tesla at Ultraschall , Berlin Germany
2007 as part of Tesla at Transmediale , Berlin Germany
2007 University of Brighton, UK
2007 Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, for Sónar 2007 in Barcelona, Spain.
2008 Via Festival International in Maubeuge, France
2008 Exit Festival International in Créteil/Paris
2010 SuperCollider2010 Symposium Berlin
2011 EM-Hören TU Berlin 
2012 NKProjekt Berlin 

 


other exhibits and performances ...

Credits

Audio Kinematics was developed in part with the kind support of the Tesla media arts center in Berlin, through a project residency.

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