LITTLE SOUND MACHINES

2018

The Little Sound Machines is a sound installation consisting of a series of both mechanical and digital machines that are connected to an AI network. Three AIs form the central brain of the network. Through learning from and influencing each other, the AIs construct the musical phrases that are then played out through a series of sound-generating machines. The music generated by the AI is also presented on a series of television screens that visualizes both the AI data and audio, as well as machine logic and behavior to the audience. 

This piece proposes a new mode of music creation in the age of intelligent machine. Through experimentation, the artist presents an exploration of new musical interfaces that erases the composer from the equation, to present a purely machine-made performance. 

The Little Sound Machines are made from found objects, up-cycled and spare parts.

Machine No.1

This machine utilizes bells scavenged old school telephones and triggers them through sending electricity through the ringing mechanism.

Machine No.2

This machine utilizes the same mechanism as Machine No. 1, but it spatially reconfigures the bells to see how sound bounces in the vitrine.

Machine No.3

This machine is constructed from a solenoid

attached to some found copper board. The solenoid strikes the piece of felt placed

underneath, acting as a drum machine.

Machine No.4

This machine utilizes two miniature air pumps to push salt through tubing. The contact mic in the vitrine captures the sound of salt rubbing against the tubes as it moves up and down.

Machine No.5

This machine controls the airflow of the fan. The contact mic amplifies the sound of air traveling through the vitrine. Light materials such as broken up foam can also be placed in the vitrine to create different types of sound textures.

Machine No.6

This machine channels the sounds generated by the other machines and channels it back through the vitrine, amplifying the sound in the contained space of the dome.

Machine No.7

This machine utilizes solenoids to activate the xylophone, bringing melody into the ensemble. As the machine learns from itself and evolves, the melody presents this evolution in sound. 

Testing Little Sound Machines with machine learning module.