ELECTROMAGNETIC SOLENOID

ORCHESTRA (ESO)

2011

The Electromechanical Solenoid Orchestra (ESO) is an interactive sculp- ture and modular musical orchestra. The ESO stems initially from the ob- servation that simple electromechanical actuators and solenoids can create complex machines. It is based on musical compositions created from unique, custom-made and non-traditional instruments. The form of the ESO is influenced by the Stele Forest at the Xi’an Beilin Museum including the systemic arrangement of ancient stone horse hitching posts, the assortment of sculptural characters on each post as well as the musical synesthesia of being in that environment. Through digital data control, the ESO system is capable of generating music and sonic landscapes in real-time.

The “Weather Tunnel” utilized a long corridor at the National Art Mu- seum of China. The corridor was architecturally transformed into an amorphous, translucent tunnel / cocoon / bubble to contain multiple artworks in an organic, interactive flow. Inside, the walls will breathe and scents will be released, in addition to other sensations interpret- ing environmental data such as CO2, CO, NO2, LUX, temp C, rH, PM, tVOC, dB noise.

The “Weather Tunnel” was part of the “TransLife” Beijing New Media Triennial exhibition at the National Art Museum of China.

Detailed mechanism design for each octave cage, including how components fit together, stand design and matrix design. This spatial configurations of the pillars could potentially bring out the three dimensional nature of sound.

Mingle Version 2.0 exhibited at the Central Academy of Fine Art Museum (CAFAM), 2014. 

ESO, Weather Tunnel documentary created by Michelle Calabro, featuring Joe Savaadra, developer of the Air Quality Egg that supported the data collection of the Weather Tunnel Project.

Solenoid cage details and controller circuit.