Recycled Computer Music
Modified Pentium4 office computers with custom electronics and immersive sound.
In 2013 I spent the summer in Nantes at APO33, developing an installation in collaboration with the SNALIS Bricolab in St Nazaire. This installation is constructed from four discarded Pentium4 office computers. Through a patchwork system of interconnected circuitry, the four machines are able to interfere with and disrupt each other’s operation, corrupting each others’ memory circuitry over the course of the exhibition and eventually leading to system failure. The patching cables between computational circuits are inspired by the signal patching systems used in the modular synthesizers of the 1970s.
The visitors are immersed in a textured wall of sound amplified directly from the computer hardware’s circuitry as it runs choreographed software routines. The machines are arranged with their inner components arranged upon a table for inspection. Visitors are also welcome to interrupt the process by running their favorite software, such as firefox or VLC, on the machines, which are still more-or-less operational.