interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper
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nov 01, 2012
interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper


‘symphony in d minor’ by patrick gallagher and chris klapper
image © ken schular

symphony in d minor‘ is an interactive audio and video installation developed by new-york artists chris klapper and patrick gallagher.
the project is characterized by a thunderstorm contained within a series of large hand-cast resin sculptures, each individual form a
unique instrument hanging 40 feet from the ceiling.

suspended just within reach and activated by touch, the viewer sets the symphony of thunder – the cacophony of wind, rain and lightning-
in motion by pushing the 22 ft x 5 ft diameter cylindrical forms through the air. like giant illuminated pendulums each sculpture radiates video
projections that in their dormant state display abstractions of water droplets and slow moving nebuli. as the sensors detect movement
different ranges initiate more visual elements of the storm and once on, the mass then shifts to a swirling torrent of clouds.

the large-scale series of hand-made kinetic sculptures uses cast resin, steel, sound and moving image to create a changing environmental experience
and aleatoric music composition where the viewer becomes both musician and conductor of a thunderstorm.

a sensor chip that measures changes in g-force tracks the position of each sculpture transforming movements into triggers for the musical and
visual elements of the storm. this information is used in the object oriented program MAX/MSP to prompt MIDI notes on an audio
sequence that recurs at intervals of 34 minutes and 48 seconds. in addition to sounds the activator also changes the video playback from blue
skies to torrential storm clouds.



a video showing the installation in use


a sensor chip that measures changes in g-force tracks the position of
each sculpture transforming movements into triggers for the sound and visual elements of the storm


the project is characterized by a thunderstorm contained within a series of large hand-cast resin sculptures
image © ken schular


suspended just within reach and activated by touch, the viewer sets the
symphony in motion by pushing the forms through the air to trigger the various sound elements of the storm
image © ken schular


the large-scale series of hand-made kinetic sculptures uses cast resin, steel, sound and video


information is used in the object oriented program
MAX/MSP to prompt MIDI notes on an audio sequence that recurs at
intervals of 34 minutes and 48 seconds


in addition to sounds the activator also changes the video playback from blue skies to torrential storm clouds

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