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Posted May 28th 2006 under Cybersonica
Commissioned for the Cybersonica 06 Sonic Art Exhibition.
In Schizoporotica, Troika uniquely reinvent the music box over a century after its conception. Users are invited to tear their tickets and, by feeding them into the machine, create their own shredded melody.
Analysis of the resulting pattern then pitches the melody with endless possibilities, the torn pattern becomes a physical metaphor of the new musical range according to which the melody is then played. Only the notes are affected, the rhythm and the rest of the composition, remaining untouched, as if a pianist would play on a previously de-tuned piano.
Unfortunately for us, Van Halen’s Jump was the most popular song over the exhibition period :)