In early 2017, Guerilla Science invited emerging NYC artists for a Fire Organ residency to compose works that explore the relationship of music and the physical properties of sound. On October 15th, we celebrated sound & fire at National Sawdust featuring performances by our artists-in-residence.
--About P. SPADINE --
Composer, amateur engineer, scientific tourist, and pack rat P. Spadine spends the vast majority of his time guiding the Ashcan Orchestra thru it’s glorification rites praising the known universe and is incredibly grateful for the opportunities shared by D.I.Y. basements to respectable NYC institutions that have allowed Ashcan to share it’s menagerie since 2007.
On his performance…
A purveyor of pattern based music, a dominant theme in their main vehicle Ashcan Orchestra (a NYC-based, handbell-heavy performance ensemble), composer/tinkerer P.Spadine presents new compositions investigating the musical possibilities of boolean logic. The compositions employ various physical systems (bicycle wheels, pendulums, light levels, etc) and all their inherent imperfections as input signals into several small “musical computers”. These “computers” contain simple boolean networks which, along with some mechanical memory, allow patterns to blossom from the fundamental processes of computing as input data passes through the logic gates. Using these patterns as musical material the “computers” trigger sine waves tuned to the resonant frequencies of the Fire Organ allowing the logic buttressing each composition to be displayed in flames as the music is played.