MgA. Juraj Kotian

/ February_2014


Year of Czech Music 2014 – Interactive installation

Ever since the reign of Charles IV, music composed on Czech territory has been part of a greater context: music of Europe’s culturally developed regions. Even as national states were formed in the 19th century, European culture has existed in a paradoxical “association in diversity” that has not and should not end in consolidation or hegemony.
Culture is a tool that has helped us adopt Europe the place as our home, and music free of ideology can be an instrument of natural understanding. This means that Czech music can serve as a source of inspiration not only to Czechs, but also to Europeans and other world cultures.

It is a tool for music visualization, in this case the Czech classical music. It consists of a circuit that begins with microphone, continues Arduino UNO, relay module and ends with four DC motors + propellers. This system captures sound volume and transforms it into energy which is assigned to a motor. If the sound volume is low, only one of the motors spins. If the volume is increased, other motors start.

The most important component of the installation is fabric, which, through its movement and vibration, reflects on the course of the music.

  • Background for posters
  • Antonín Dvořák / Requiem
  • Bedřich Smetana / Vltava
  • Bohuslav Martinů / Puppets
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka / Miserere
  • Leoš Janáček / Sinfonietta
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