interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper
 
interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper
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

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper 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

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper the project is characterized by a thunderstorm contained within a series of large hand-cast resin sculptures image © ken schular

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper 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

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper the large-scale series of hand-made kinetic sculptures uses cast resin, steel, sound and video

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper 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

interactive thunderstorms by patrick gallagher + chris klapper in addition to sounds the activator also changes the video playback from blue skies to torrential storm clouds

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