The Mission: Crashed
2010. Sound object. 50cm x 140cm x 30cm.
Full title: I Still Have Complete Enthusiasm and Confidence for the Mission: Crashed.
Tripod failure leaves The Mission pointing at / singing about dirt instead of stars.
The Mission takes images from a live video feed of the sky through a 6 inch refractor telescope and uses them as a score for a seven channel theremin sound composition.
Computer controlled bank of signal generators that speaks by modulating sine waves to match the frequencies of the human voice. Each voice consists of 4 generators, each of which produce waves within a different band of frequencies. Signal sings out a text of its own composition.
Computer controlled sound object. 3 announcement speakers attached to ceiling. Chorus continuously reinterprets and sings through the structure of the first passage of St.John’s Gospel.
Using the phonetic structure of that text as a template, the computer assigns a random consonant to each consonant position, and a random vowel to each vowel position. Spaces between words and at the end of sentences are preserved. Assigning each of the three speakers a separate channel and a separate note – F, C# and G – the computer then sings it’s new construction of consonants and vowels. After which it then loops back to generate another interpretation through the same template. The process is continuous and endless.
My thanks to the soprano, Lucetta Johnson.