Multiple Machine Matrix

1st performance: D.A.A.D. Inventionen Festival, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 1994

The Multiple Machine Matrix (also entitled Sounds and the Machines that Make Them) is a multi-functional performance and installation environment of automated machine sculptures built from electronic surplus and trash. This network of computer-controlled kinetic devices is capable of moving complex layers of acoustically-produced sound in physical space.

MIDI signals, which normally provide control of an electronic music studio, control the movement of mechanical/robotic devices such as voltage modulated steel sheets of various sizes, pulse-controlled bi-directional metal sheet Doppler Spinners, and percussion-activated furniture. A remote-controlled robot enters this environment and pretends to learn how to perform and behave on a public stage.

©Gordon Monahan 1994-98

photo 2nd row right by Anno Dittmar, 2nd and 3rd row left by Peter Janigan, bottom right by Leander Hoermann

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