'vibrating stings' vibrating stings
'variations on a theme' variations on a theme
'pattern study' pattern study
'irreality' irreality
'irregular atmospheric motion' irregular atmospheric motion
'ephemeral' fluid variations
'bordun chorus' bordun chorus
'fluid variations' fluid variations
'harmonic environment' harmonic environment
'temporality' temporality
'green meadow' green meadow
'multitudinous entity' multitudinous entity
'which is
without being'
which is without being
'primordial' primordial
'clouds rising
from the mist
of time'
clouds rising from the mist of time
'iridescent self' iridescent self
'shifting view' shifting view
'toxic waste' toxic waste
'burning butterflies' burning butterflies
'lament' lament
'exercise in visual notation' exercise in visual notation
'screen test #2' screen test #2
'nothing' nothing
'silent cry' silent cry
'suppressed anger'   suppressed angerger
'out of reach'   out of reach

vibrating stings

non-durational live generative
quadraphonic sound and video installation



10 minute audio-visual recording of ‘vibrating stings’, four channels converted into stereo


Every natural sound or form is comprised of and subject to the interplay of imperfections.

Vibrating Strings is a live-generative audiovisual environment with no clear beginning, end or in the traditional sense progression. The computer system that is improvising the work rather centres on the continuous subtle transformation of the qualities and textures of two interwoven strings of audiovisual information. It celebrates unevenness and irregularity on all levels of magnification.

When is a line a line and when is it a vast expanse composed of heights, elevations, rifts and chasms. When is a single note a note and when is it a microcosm of harmonic frequencies, vibrations and textures with varying volumes.

The nature of everything changes with the point of observation, level of magnification and acuteness of perception. From crystalline structures to organic matter, from musical sounds to environmental noise, everything natural is comprised of irregularities and imperfections. It is these very irregularities and imperfections that form the distinctiveness of any object and sound, and thus the foundation of its aesthetic appeal. Perfection is interchangeable, only in imperfection lays uniqueness.

The control mechanism of Vibrating Strings is modelled on the natural world. It is a chaotic system propelled by complex interwoven feedback loops. As such neither the audible nor the visual part of the system can be viewed in isolation or as dominant. The feedback that determines the progression of the system moves freely and indiscriminately between the individual parameters controlling both sound and image.

The sound-image relationship of Vibrating Strings is that of one organism producing both sonic as well as visual representations of its behaviour. It is one audiovisual entity.