Sway Array (2013-2015)

Sway Array is an audio-robotic performance that is rooted in an interest for physical movement and its interaction with sound. At the centre of the work, a matrix of nine robotic-speakers reacts to sounds and movements of a performer. Each speaker is about 2.5 meters high and also generates sonic actions. Their individual positioning is coupled with different audio processes through a chain of interactions involving biometry, algorithmic composition and robotics.

The loudspeaker array allows composition of physical movements but its use is also oriented towards symbolic content. In a way, this strange augmented acousmonium becomes a character in itself. Its visual appearance creates images that evoke different natural phenomena. Allusions to mass phenomena such as bird flocking, fish schools, swaying wheat and telescope arrays are inherent to its visual aspect. Finally, the array can also be seen as a musical interface in itself, with its specificities and limitations, offering a singular perspective on sound design.

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General information
Installation and performance
Duration: 30 minutes
Premiere : 3 Mars 2015. MNM Festival (SMCQ), Montréal, Qc
Nominations: Japan Media Arts Festival (Jury Selection, 2015), Lumens Prize (long list selection, 2015, UK).

Credits
Conception and performance: Sarah Albu and Patrick Saint-Denis

Support
Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

Date City Venue
05/28/15 Montréal, Qc Studio 303
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 372 Saint-Catherine St W.
05/28/15 Montréal, Qc Studio 303
Time: 3:00pm. Address: 372 Saint-Catherine St W.
03/03/15 Montréal, Qc CŒUR DES SCIENCES DE L’UQAM
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 175, AVENUE DU PRÉSIDENT-KENNEDY.
  • Sway Array @ Studio Plaza - Crédit photo: P. Saint-Denis