'POWEr' is a performance for which the only visual and sound source is a Tesla coil. Named after its inventor, the coil generates a very high-voltage alternating current that discharges in the form of visible arcs of electricity. artificiel control and modulate the voltage frequency using electrical signals. The arcs ionize the surrounding air at the same frequency as the signal, sending it into a plasma state. This creates oscillations in the air pressure, which can be heard as sound waves. The coil becomes a musical instrument. At the same time, the artists convert the sound and light events generated by the coil into digital signals. They then use computers to create an intricate, real time audiovisual composition.
'POWEr' impressively demonstrates that sound is first and foremost physical energy. It theatrically conveys how energy, when converted into pure information, can be manipulated in any way. It is a vivid example of 'atemporality' in the manner it employs century-old technology (the Tesla coil developed by Tesla at the turn of the century), and digital technology to create an entirely new performative phenomena. It is also shows how the aesthetics and methodologies of natural science feed into the creation of a new 'materiality' of electronic music.
'POWEr' is part of this year's series of concerts and performances, jointly programmed by transmediale and CTM > read more.
'POWEr' is a commission for the 10th edition of MUTEK. This project has been supported by the Canada Arts Council and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec. artificiel also thanks Steve Ward for his contribution to the development of the audio-modulated DRSSTC.