e talked to the good people of Electronic Sound Magazine about what we do at Coda to Coda and how we made our first algorithmic soundscape for the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum, London.
..as you walk around the exhibition what you’re hearing is a soundtrack unique to your visit. It will never sound the same twice.
What’s more it could just go on regenerating forever. Head not leaking quite enough? The real kicker is that while you’re there, unless someone points all this out to you, the sound is just part of the experience.
Electronic Sound have even made a mixtape to accompany the issue, featuring yours truly alongside Wax Trax!, Saint Etienne, ABBA, Jane Weaver, Coda To Coda, Midge Ure, The Associates, Can, DJ Food and much more, so get yourself a copy and your ears around this..
uch of what we think of as ‘musical’ nowadays is the result of the feedback between musicians and instrument makers. The piano is an embodiment of both a mathematical and physical solution to the concept of musical harmony.. The piano’s mechanism also invites us to consider the possibility that something other than human fingers might also play it.
If you want to find out more about Will and Sam’s inspirations and ideas behind the algorithmic soundscape check out their piece on the Science Museum Blog.
hen we were asked by the Science Museum to create a soundscape for their latest exhibition Robots, we decided to create something for the entire space which was itself robotic. We were given recording access to some amazing robots and machines, sourced recordings through archives and designed and programmed our own interpretations. The result is a generative soundscape that runs across all 7 gallery spaces, issuing from 64 speakers in real time.
We have a detailed making of video coming out soon, in the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes snaps from the installation.