BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité

SOUND SCULPTURE — 2012

  • "BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité", 2012

  • "BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité", 2012

  • "BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité", 2012

  • "BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité", 2012

  • "BZZZZ ! Le son de l’éléctricité", 2012

Bzzz ! is a sound sculpture designed to render the sound of electricity audible and spread it over the ambient space.

The sculpture has a radial form, arranged around a sound wave generator at the centre of a room surrounded by a set of wall-mounted loudspeakers. The generator is connected to the loudspeakers by a bundle of audio wires running vertically and then branching out to form a sort of tree that shows the pathways of the electrical current.

The frequency generator is of a deliberately crude design, comprising just a few basic electronic components that allow the electrical current to be modulated so as to generate slightly amplified sound vibrations. Six simultaneous sounds are thereby produced and spread over the ambient space. This arrangement invites the viewer to move from one sound to another and experience how these sounds interact, how they scrape and buzz against one another.

By reinventing an obsolete low-tech sound wave generator in this all-digital age, Bzzz ! serves as a commentary on the history of technology and a tribute to unprocessed, unsampled analog sound : in a word, the raw sound of electricity.

The set : 6 micro-controlers, 6 resistors scales, 12 small PA et 24 small loudspeakers.

"BZZZ!" @ PLATEFORME - PARIS JUNE 2012 - VIDEO Q. AURAT, SOUND RECORDING A. MOBIN

CÉCILE BABIOLE - ARTIST TALK FROM WRO ART CENTER ON VIMEO.

credits - links

Production les Ondes

Special thanks to Maurin Donneaud, Quentin Aurat, Charles Goyard, Sylvain Blocquaux and Anton Mobin.

Plateforme performance podcast here

Le Bon Accueil opening performance video here

Last shows

—15.01.2015 > 21.02.2015 Le bon accueil, Rennes Fr, within Babylone électrifiée #2 exhibition

— May 15 – August 3, 2014 Fields EXhibition - Arsenal exhibition hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art - RIGA

— 29.11 - 14.12. 2013 Now-here, Rencontres d’arts numériques curated by OUDEIS Le Vigan France

— 12.09 - 31.10. 2013 Galerie H-pL.us, 24 montée Saint Sébastien 69001 Lyon - France

— May 2013 WRO 2013 Biennale Ballestrem Palace Włodkowica 4 Wroclaw Poland

— 31.01 - 23.03.2013 Galerie Coullaud & Koulinsky 12 rue de Picardie 75003 Paris.

— October 2012, Vasarely Fondation within Gamerz Festival, Aix-en-Provence

— June 2012 Plateforme 73 rue des Haies 75020 Paris