Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: What life could sound like

A while ago I posted something about the Terrafon, with which you could use land as a vinyl record. I was reminded immediately of that device while I was looking at the art of Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.

He lets everyday happenings translate themselves into sound, or music, if you like. The video above shows a work for The Curve, in the Barbican Art Gallery:

Boursier-Mougenot’s installation for The Curve, his first solo exhibition in the UK, takes the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a random and captivating soundscape.

The video below shows what happens when you program the Paula Cooper gallery computers to perform live music when the keyboards are typed on. Each key is given its own unique note on a scale. This is an example of what happens on a Saturday afternoon:

Thanks to Linda for the tip.

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