Pickup Lines

Interactive sound installation and experimental music controller that uses disturbances in the magnetic field to create music with strangers....

21 days ago

Interactive sound installation and experimental music controller that uses magnetic field disturbances to create music with strangers.

CONCEPT

By pointing electromagnets and other hand-held devices at guitar pickups attached to the wall, two strangers can begin an ephemeral musical dialogue that forms a singular, evolving composition in real time.  The installation was exhibited at Next Art Night in Los Angeles.

FABRICATION

The wall was essentially a deconstructed electric guitar and was constructed of ebonized maple planks, two guitar amplifiers and a delay, reverb and other guitar effects pedals.

SOUND

The project was inspired by an idea of how to play a guitar without plucking the strings. I've seen musicians use electric razors pointed at pickups to create interesting sound effects so I tried the same and delay and reverb effects pedals. Unexpectedly, playing a Clarisonic face brush with a low battery (indicated by 5 short pulses) sounded incredible.

Hunter Futo

Published 21 days ago