OSCn or “Open Source Collaborative Noise (where n = amount of participants)” is an interactive sound art installation that lets anyone shape and control the ever-buzzing set of analogue oscillators.
The installation consists of 10 speakers, some 20 sine wave oscillators, battery powered amps and a lot of acrylic. The sound is shaped via interaction with one of four control panels: gestures of hands (shadow), flashes and displays of phones (light) – anything that influences the light condition around the panels translates into varying sonic pitches that modulate each other.
OSCn can be intuitively controlled by one’s bare presence and requires no musical skill or education. It can be played individually but is definitely more entertaining when played in a group of people. Moreover, the circuits are based on free internet sources and are all self assembled which means that anyone with slightest experience with electronics can replicate this noise party in their living room!
The experience explores what qualities of movement convey a sense of presence, a sentience that is alive and sympathetic to your existence. The piece aims to create a meditative space into which the only thing retained is movement.
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