Andrew R. Brown and John R. Ferguson
This interactive installation explores musical performance with sonic sculptural agents. These electronic musical ‘agents’ are bespoke handmade electronic instruments that comprise artificial listening and sound generating capabilities. They listen to the sonic environment around them (including other machine and human performers) and respond in ways programmed by the designers. This installation features an ensemble of Sonic Agents and some acoustic percussion instruments for people to play. All agents, human and machine, have the capability for sonic feedback between one another, thus enabling the interactive exploration of orchestrated human-machine ensembles. This work extends the boundaries of new musical practices and help us better understand musical agency and interaction in general as we attempt to imbue our devices with these capabilities.