Thunderstruck is an intermedial electricity show choreographed and performed by Stina Nyberg, with music composed by Maria w Horn.
The composition process included working with a frequency-controllable Tesla coil; an electrical resonant transformer circuit used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity, originally invented by Nicola Tesla.
Thunderstruck departs from the 19th century phenomena of touring electricity shows. At a time when electricity was still a scientific novelty it was displayed in public performances as acts of magic. Today, an heir to the electricity magic show is the Tesla coil performance, making use of the spectacular sound and light effects the coil produces.
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Ljudskogen is an interactive installation commissioned by the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts.
It was constructed in collaboration with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and I was invited to work on the audiovisual composition. The installation consists of five interactive synthetic strings which form an audiovisual installation that also serves as an instrument. The audio design consists of live-generated audio synthesis using motion-data from the plucked strings to trigger sound. Each string has a selection of frequencies that are all multiples of the same fundamental tone. Each time the string is plucked a randomly chosen frequency from the selection is triggered. Thereby the sound in the room always consists of a five note chord derived from the same fundamental that changes character whenever new multiples are triggered.
The instrument consists of a custom built phase synthesis patch tuned in just intonation developed using the SuperCollider programming language/synthesis engine. The degree of modulation, ADSR, feedback as well as several other parameters are affected by the the incoming interactive data. In the floor beneath each string are vibrating subsonic plates that adds haptic feedback from the instrument. The LED lights are designed to follow the sound and reinforce the strings current state.
Deserted but not uninhabited is an audiovisual composition commissioned by the Swedish Radio for Arts Birthday party 2016. The musical structure is built as a palindrome, exploring the auditory illusions of decaying shephard tones, bowed piano strings and trance gates. The piece is inspired by past visions of human colonization of space, visualized on early Super-8 science fiction movies like Cat Woman of the Moon, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, queen of outer space. By manipulating the video in different ways, from physical manipulation of analogue tape to digitalization and processed by modern video editing tools, the very grit and artifacts makes visible a historic lineage of technological evolution.
CD-R / Cyanine is a 8 channel audiovisual piece commissioned by Audiorama, Stockholm in 2015.
Diverted Units Is a serie of audiovisual pieces sculpted out of the crudest building blocks of electronic music; White noise and sinewaves. Hard, quantified units are linked together with pulsating timbres forming a sharp sequence of pieces. The series was finalized 2011 and released by sthlm/london label Holodisc 2016.
Music for Grand Piano and live electronics. It was premiered at Fylkingen 2013 by Lisa Ullén.
Music for disklavier and electronics