aesthetic evidence is a performance group which creates audio visual experiences inspired primarily by spoken human voices that they collect in various places from schools to museums to rock clubs. elements | response explores the elements through the responses of several hundred individuals to six questions.
- What do you think a tree is made up of?
- Describe outer space in as much detail as possible.
- Why is water important?
- Where do you think light comes from?
- Describe how big the earth is.
- In your mind, what are the elements? Which one is your favorite? Why?
The music and visuals were composed into a cohesive whole based on themes, ideas and specific thoughts culled from the collection of responses. The music combines the voice recordings - rhythmically, melodically and contextually - with traditional and electronic instruments. The piece is written to be performed in quadraphonic surround sound by both live musicians and several custom-programmed computers.
Peter Bailey - guitar and electronics
Halsey Burgund - live electronics, samplers and mallet percussion
Francois deCosterd - live video composition
Marissa Licata - violin
Kelly Roberge - tenor sax and clarinet
elements | response premiered at the MIT Museum as part of the 2009 Boston Cyberarts and Cambridge Science Festivals. This video takes excerpts from the 45-minute long full piece.
Video footage by Rob Cheyne; editing by Francois deCosterd.