frequencies (a) by Nicolas Bernier is a sound performance combining the sound of mechanically triggered tuning forks with pure digital soundwaves. Nicolas is triggering sequences from the computer, activating solenoids that hit the tuning forks with high precision. Streams of light burst in synchronicity with the forks, creating a not-quite-minimal sound and light composition.
“All my relations to aesthetical decisions always go back to musical thinking, either active in that I played a musical instrument or theoretical in that I see my art as visual music… I was very impressed by Anton Webern’s music from the 1920s where for the first time I realized that space, the pause, became as important to the musical construct as the sound itself. So there are these two poles, one and zero.”
“Rihanna’s performance of “Diamonds” on Saturday Night Live this weekend took most people by surprise, mainly because she was singing in front of a green screen instead of the show’s usual stage for musical guests. A small number of Web artists were in for a bigger surprise, though, as their visual aesthetic was co-opted entirely by the singer without consultation or credit.”
“In what could have been a risky move; the members of the band only gave the link of the site to one fan. It didn’t stay that way for long though, the fan quickly passed it on and as each new person streamed and shared the link on social media – a fresh new beam of bright light appeared on the darkly hued world map. With each interaction, beams were reaching out from the source and ending with the recipient; some crossed countries, whilst others spanned oceans and continents.”
“Coldplay has been turning their audience into interactive participants at recent concerts by handing them Xylobands, LED-illuminated wristbands that can be activated all at once using a radio signal.”