ROYGBIV

Refraction of Your Gaze by Indeterminate Variables is the working title for a new interface for musical expression that I will perform live in New York on Tuesday, December 14. It is an effort to interface sound with the visible spectrum by digital and analog means.

A collage of field recording, synth sounds, and slide tray noise, ROYGBIV will unfold as colored light projected onto a wall is read with discrete sensors. Slide projectors will reproduce images of the natural world and prisms will refract light into its constituent elements. The signature of these combinations will vary the selection of prerecorded sound and the timbre of synthesizers while mechanical noises are amplified with a piezo.

The project draws upon Newton’s theory of light, Kandinsky’s spiritual and utopian visions of painting, and the more recent phenomenological experimentation of Olafur Eliasson.