Sounds of time

2016 Poligrafichesky tsekh, Moscow biennale for young art parallel program

Interactive installation
Production: 2015 – 2016
Audio synthesizers and generators
g5-54.com collaboration
(with Alexey Yeliseev)

When the Cold war was finished, the atomic age in arts and culture also came to its end. Nuclear threat has stopped to be the main scenario of human extinction, but it is returned in 21st century as more realistic means of electronics and communication networks destruction.

Atomic ammunition can be exploded on the very high altitudes, without any destructions, fallout effects and a nuclear winter. The age of electronic music is longer than the atomic age and, by the look of things, is not going to its completion. It is hardly conceivable that a human even in post–catastrophical future, will abandon the synthesis of artificial sounds.

A series of analogue synthesizers, effectors and rhythm–machines is built on powerful discrete semiconductors and relays with reliable input/output protection from EMPs. The components and cases are built on the last years of the Cold war for military purposes, but stayed on storehouses instead of the intended application.

An audio release was recorded and published on compact cassettes (limited series of 7) after the exhibition and included original sounds from electrical appliances (air blowers, powerful motors and elevators) found there (former printing factory) and connected to the special operating console for live performance usage (visit http://g5-54.com for details).