Documentation from MSHR's installation at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, 2018.
"Source Fold Compositor -Module Braid" is a generative computer music system inside a virtual reality environment, inside of a physical installation. The light and sound in the installation is modulated by the VR user as they traverse the virtual realm, which is mapped onto the physical room. Through this interaction, the VR user takes on the roll of a performer, while the other visitors become an audience. The piece unfolds with the visitors in real time, weaving a warped pathway between dimensions.
Tapestries on the walls and floor are formalized flow charts that act as graphic scores for various iterations of the generative musical system playing in the room. While any number of visitors may be present in the installation, only one at a time may enter the virtual scape. Within the virtual scape of the installation, the visitor is alone, navigating through a courtyard of resonant forms. By exploring this plane, they cause the musical architecture of the room to unfold, generating novel, non repeating patterns.