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s(c)ymb(al)iont, for plants, drums, lights, and computer by Murphy Janssen and Wei Yang, 2021

The project explores the topic of Anthropocene and is essentially a performance environment with different actors exercising influence over each other: the light is cast from behind the drummer, who improvises and constantly moves, resulting in even-changing amount and location of light passing through the screen; the light sensor installed on the dead plant reads the filtered light and sends the data one the one hand to the computer, which algorithmically generates music, on the other hand to the vibration motor installed on the living plant, which excites the chimes. The sum of these two sounds then influence the improvisation of the drummer. In addition, the light sensor also sends the data to the LED lights behind the drummer, which will change their intensities. It is a feed-back network that constantly renews itself. All members within the network act and adapt, contribute to a sustaining soundscape.

Drums: Murphy Janssen