A/V performance

Supported by CYLAND MediaArtLab

Sound artists Alexey Grachev and Sergey Komarov continue their research series ‘Subjectivization Of Sound’ with the new experiment 1/3.44743*10251.

The creative duo specializes in various research of sound both as a physical entity and as a sensitive medium in the artists’ toolbox. The ‘Subjectivization Of Sound’ project studies different problems of interfaces and communication of analog and digital syntheses, computing equipment and the world around.

The 1/3.44743*10251 experiment is chaotic programming of the hybrid digital/analog synthesizer Waldorf Microwave I (1989). The manufacturer offers the user to set up over 150 parameters just with one encoder on the front panel of the device. The unique sound and complicated control system inspired the artists to experiment with the interface.

Although MIDI has been widely used since 1982 the external control is done not with the familiar and convenient CC controllers but with exclusive SysEx messages adapted for the Buchla touch-control keyboard with the Teensy microcontroller.

According to the multiplication theorem on probability, the probability of success or failure of the experiment can be presented as 1 to 3.44743*10251  – that’s the number of sound variations that can be produced.

The performance includes some selected pre-written pieces and an experiment on generating new presets in real time.

Read more about the ‘Subjectivization Of Sound’ project


Previously in the ‘Subjectivization Of Sound’ series:

2015, Taiga Space, St. Petersburg — Inner Restrictions;

2016, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow — Cross Cut;

2016, SFUMATO, Tbilisi — Geolang;

2016, Pratt, New York — Dollar Oysters;

2016, Geek Picnic, Moscow, St. Petersburg — IN – OUT;

2016, UAL, London — Accordings to BBC;

2016, Tsiolkovsky Loft, Kaluga — Stitching control;

2016, GROUND, Moscow — Overlap;

2017, Experimental Intermedia, New York — Lafayette;

2018, Goldsmiths, London — Cube and Donut.

Alexey Grachev

Sound artist, engineer, computer programmer. Born in 1983 in Kaluga, USSR. Graduated from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia). Completed the program “School for Young Artists” at the Pro Arte Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia). Artist, technical director and chief engineer of CYLAND MediaArtLab. Participant of the World Event Young Artists Festival (Nottingham, Great Britain, 2012), Cyfest Festivals, special project Urbi et Orbi at the 6th Moscow Biennale (Russia, 2015), The Creative Machine 2 (Goldsmiths, Great Britain, 2018). Participant of The Arts Work of the Future (Tate Exchange, UK, 2018). Since 2015, together with Sergey Komarov, he has developed the sound project Subjectivization of Sound whose basis is the interaction with space and spectators. Lives and works in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sergey Komarov

Sound artist, curator, engineer, computer programmer. Born 1980 in USSR, currently lives in Yerevan, Armenia. Max/MSP programmer, Cyland Audio Archive curator. In 2007-2010 programmer for the Asymmetrique Answer contemporary dance interactive performance.