JEAN PICHÉ AND PATRICK SAINT-DENIS: VERTEX
2017 prizewinner of the FETA Sound Art Prize selected by Master Judge Rodrigo Sigal from 36 blind submissions from 3 countries in the Americas.
“Vertex is an audio-robotic performance created in 2013-2015 by Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis. The project is based on an electromechanical device consisting of a 16 robotic loudspeaker array based on the principle of the Leslie speaker. Each speaker has a drive system to move it up, down and rotate along a vertical axis of around 3 meters high. The device is manipulated live through an assembly of custom software components.
Both kinetic sculpture and music interface, this augmented acousmonium influences directly on the audio composition. The matrix aspect of the device favours mass movements, textures and highlights a set of symbolic resonances close to mass phenomena observed in nature. The movement of bird murmurations and fish schools, or the complex behavior of mechanical energy dissipating in various media such as surface tension for example, are among the evocations due to the device’s physical appearance.” JP & PSD
For additional information about Vertex, please visit: http://www.patricksaintdenis.com/past/vertex/