CYLAND media lab
A collaboration of National Center of Contemporary Art/ NCCA (St.
Petersburg) & Frants Gallery Space/ St. Petersburg Arts Project
Programming by Mikhail Chernov
Brushstroke artist Marina Koldobskaya
Collage artist Irina Vasileva
percussion instrument, custom software, digital video projection
Physical Size: Variable
The interactive artwork "DRUMPAINTING" transforms live sound into
moving image, realizing an idea of "colour music" on a modern
technological level. Through a computer system devised and engineered
by artists at CYLAND Media Lab, viewers play on a drum set to produce a
visual unique to and created by their musical performance. As adaptable
to any rhythm as it is to any off-rhythm notes, "DRUMPAINTING" has no
restrictions in its ability to generate unlimited variations unique to
each individual's own beat.
specific installations have utilized various percussion instruments
ranging from toy bongos to a full professional drum kit with high hat.
In each instance, no matter how soft or loud, fast or slow,
sophisticated or awkward, every note is transmitted to a computer.
CYLAND Media Lab's program then translates each sound into a
corresponding image. The devised software coordinates an image with
each note but also allows mixing, changes in colour and size on each
channel (maximum 4) and effects such as multiplication, transparency,
time delay and inversion.
Streams of images
are mixed in real time by the means of custom interface creating a live
visual melody embodying the sounds exuding from the public, any form of
music or nonmusic that may.