casperelectronics

Wed 30.01.
Wed 30.01.
Format:
Festival format Performance
Festival thread Users
Location:
hkw cafe stage

This audiovisual performance by musical instrument designer and circuit-bender Peter Edwards (aka Casperelectronics) occupies a sonic territory between noise and melody, chaos and structure. Using the Benjolin Light Synth, his own modification of engineer/artist Rob Hordijk’s Benjolin synthesizer, Casperelectronics creates an intense soundscape reminiscent of an analog modem trying to transmit data over outer-space radio waves, all accompanied by a constantly flickering RGB code. The light display utilizes three high intensity LEDs in red, green and blue. Combining these three colors allows full spectrum color mixing. Signals taken from the audio circuitry are used to control the three LEDs independently. The lights can be configured in a variety of ways to respond to the circuitry. In some cases, the relationship between what you hear and what you see will be very obvious, in others it will be less obvious or not at all. Regardless, the sound and light always comes from the same circuitry and are linked on some level. A modular and DIY approach characterizes Peter Edwards’ work. Edwards is keen on destabilizing preconceptions of role and function as well as dissolving the barriers between producer and consumer. Particularly to this end, he employs the practice of electronics hacking and circuit-bending of common technologies to illustrate that function need not be dictated to the end user.

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