Pe Lang and Zimoun - untitled live performances
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  Location :   Europe
  Worktype :   Performances
  Info :   spain : granada : neo festival
canada : montreal : elektra festival
germany : hamburg : blurred edges
the netherlands : den haag : tag
the netherlands : amsterdam : sonicacts
germany : berlin : club transmediale
  Work Details  
  pe lang and zimoun developed a comprehensive instrument which combines image and sound to a unique experience of space, where the audience is invited to discover acoustic and optical micro structures of their untitled sound objects. a fascinating collective art work. kevin taylor in the untitled sound objects , physical materials are made to generate sound by vibrating them using computer controlled machines and robots. pe lang and zimoun focus on creating acoustic architecture with an organic feel, investigating the properties of sound, materials, resonance and generative systems. the work is presented as sound installations (exhibitions) and as live performances (audio/visual concerts). over the last several years, an interest in the organic vitality of sounds has led pe lang and zimoun to intensively explore new methods of generating sound. in this project, they have mainly focused on the effects of natural algorithms on sound structures and developments algorithms such as those found in swarms of insects, the diffusion and displacement patterns of liquids, or the movement structures of flames. we are interested in a selective mix between, on the one hand, living structures continuously generated or evolving by chance and chain reactions, and, on the other, a specifically delimited and contained space in which these events are allowed to happen. our compositional intentions are manifested through deliberate containment and cautious monitoring. thus, we are not preoccupying ourselves with chance factors and generative systems simply to discover unexpected results, but rather so that the compositions can attain a higher level of vitality. zimoun the result is a music evolved from digital, electroacoustical possibilities that is less involved with internal relations than with exploring questions of how sound can be shaped, space can be engineered and textured, and new dynamics, frequencies and tone colors can be produced. thus pe lang and zimoun create sound architecture that can be entered and explored like a building. their first performances were simple laptop presentations but the two artists, sitting behind their computers and control buttons, began to be irritated by the limitations of this approach. unlike the music of a guitarist, which is immediately visually comprehensible and directly enhanced by a live situation, they felt that the visually uninteresting presence of laptop musicians is more likely to distract from the sound experience rather than enhance it. pe lang and zimoun therefore started looking to create sound in a visually interesting way, and to develop methods by which generative sounds could be produced without the aid of digital processes. they thus created a unique, high-quality instrument that, in spite of its outward simplicity, can produce just as many complex organic sounds as was possible with their computers. vibrating motors cause glass plates, on which various materials are placed, to oscillate. the vibrations move the materials, and the friction caused by this generates sounds, which are amplified via contact microphones and modified through dsp (digital signal processing). using a multiple channel speaker system, amplified sounds are projected and reassembled into a new sound architectures. the glass plates are equipped with cameras which project images of the vibrating materials live through several projectors. the software used to control the vibrating motors and sound processes is programmed with max msp. in this instance, in a musical world cramped with visuals, the direct association between sound and image makes perfect sense. the untitled sound objects by pe lang and zimoun convince through their elegant and clever simplicity in an inconspicuously complex setting. stephen braun Accessed 24.03.2008 from