Antoine Schmitt 2000
A generative semi-autonomous installation
Computer, loudspeakers, behavioral algorithm, plasma screen or videoprojector
Duration : infinite
Size : variable
Award : honoray mention transmediale 2001
A ball freely wanders in a rectangular space, bouncing on the walls. Each bounce generates a percussive sound, to each wall corresponds one note. The successive bounces always play the same melody, but not always with the same tempo.
The movement of the ball between each percussion seems to obey many forces at the same time: freedom of movement, mandatory melody, physical bounces. The ball is actually programmed to be free, and, at the same time, to play the melody, all this inside a physical universe. The tension between the forces appears through its mysterious movements.
The title is drawn from a Satie piece for piano called Vexations, where as single melody has to be played 840 times in a row (about 20 hours).
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