“Denoted Structures” is an interactive sound installation by Oliver Wilshen, developed during the final year of study at the University of Brighton and as part of a BA Hons in Music and Visual Art.
This piece is based on the accumulation of my research into combining that of the pure and precise alongside the organic and irregular, something which has always held an interest for myself as an artist. After three years of research and experimentation using various media and techniques, the piece was constructed during the early months of 2009.
I chose to work with a piano frame and its keyboard as I was interested in its ability to adapt and respond to evolving technologies throughout the last 300 years. From the plucked strings of the harpsichord through to the electric circuitry of organs and midi signalling of digital pianos, the keyboard has proved to be an enduring interface for the expression of human emotion and thought through sound and music.
The construction of the piece itself encompassed a variety of tasks on both a physical and a digital level, and it was this relationship that became very important to the work. Although the project was a lot of work for one person to undertake and at points felt as if it may never be realised, it was the diversity of these tasks and challenges that helped to keep me inspired and motivated until its completion. During the projects development I had the opportunity to engage with computer programming on multiple softwares, sound design, manipulating electronic circuitry, physical sculpture as well as the overall design and build of the piece. All of these elements have helped contribute to the overall experience and aesthetic of the work and have hopefully helped capture peoples interest and imagination.