Ceramic System


Technical Brief.

Liam Byrne and Sam Slater will create a system in which the sound of a Viola De Gamba forces a large ceramic plate to vibrate via transducers.

The ceramic plate, thin at the bottom and thick at the top, is suspended vertically to obscure the performer.

The sound of the oscillating ceramic plate will be recorded from multiple points, and fed back into the original audio signal, creating a ever modulating feedback loop which the performer interacts with.

The feedback, though appearing to be controlled by the performer, is ultimately volatile; the plate though apparently solid is fragile; the unpredictability of the input signal ultimately causes the system to fracture, and collapse.

The falling debris is recorded and fed back into the system, causing further oscillations, volatility and collapse.


Conceptual Brief.

This ceramic plate is an eco system; this ceramic plate is an room, or even a discussion.

Our input into this can provoke both beauty, or have destructive consequences. 

Any system in which we participate may encourage the original idea to be presented purely, or conversely to for the input to be repeated and distorted leading to uncontrollable feedback.

The outcomes of this may be beautiful, destructive or combinations of both.

The outcomes of these echo chambers or eco systems can be listened to up close, participated in and manipulated passively or actively until the system either quietens or collapses.