Loads of light sensors, no computers: Tonewheels

Derek Holzer’s Tonewheels @ Goldsmiths College 19/03/09 1800-2000
In the tone lab

In the tone lab

“TONEWHEELS is an experiment in converting graphical imagery to sound, inspired by some of the pioneering 20th Century electronic music instruments such as the Variophone [Evgeny Scholpo (USSR) 1930], the Welte Light-Tone Organ [Edwin Emil Welte (DE) 1936], the ANS Synthesizer [Evgeny Murzin (USSR) 1958], and the Oramics system [Daphne Oram (UK) 1959].”

An all analogue electronic set from field recordist and general sound fetishist, Derek Holzer.

In Tonewheels transparent wheels with repeating patterns are spun over light-sensitive electronic circuitry to produce sound and light pulsations and textures.

For a glimpse of what to expect…(mentalism)…  www.vimeo.com/2979698


Derek Holzer – “One of the central concepts of my work is that every object and space around us is a recorder. Each one has collected the resonances of its surroundings for as long as it has existed. You could call it an acoustic version of particle physics or genetics, because the idea remains the same–in the smallest details you will find a representation of the greater whole. My task as a sound artist is often just to listen, and to listen very closely, to the histories hidden inside our everyday world.”


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