Let There Be Light and Sound

Let There Be Light and Sound

31.01.2013 19:00
Festival format
HKW - K1

In WMSWF (We Make Sound With Fire), fire and light are produced through various methods. Fluorescene is an improvised light and sound performance.

Performance Double Bill


ray vibration: WMSWF
In WMSWF (We Make Sound With Fire), fire and light are produced through various methods, and these processes are made audible. The performance is reminiscent of an alchemical laboratory—beginning with single candles and subtle crackling noises, developing into Bunsen burner experiments and melting beeswax into a spatially encompassing techno-spectacle of shadows, when projections of the heat-driven windmills are made by overhead projectors, and through their function as a sequencer for solar synthesizers simultaneously produce rhythmic structures. Mediated through prototypical “User” technology (the overhead projector), Faubel, Schreiber and Tonagel sound out the spectrum of fire, light and tone production and develop a fascinating audiovisual show that spans the Stone Age through Laterna Magica to sophisticated analog electronics.

Phillip Stearns: Fluorescene

Fluorescene is an improvised light and sound performance exploring the transmutability of sonic and visual mediums through electromagnetism into trans-sensory experiences. In the performance, the artist employs the everyday technology of energy saving light bulbs that was infamously introduced to replace the incandescent lamp of old. Light and electromagnetic interference generated by these compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) is captured by various sensors and converted directly into sound. The amplified sound is then used to drive electricity to the CFLs, completing an audio-visual feedback circuit. What emerge are moments of stability contrasted with instability, where pitch, rhythm, spatialization and movement are experienced as a continuum through light and sound. Retinal burn-ins, phosphene afterimages and hypnotic pulsating polyrhythms play upon the senses as raw material for experience.