Muscovite sound artist slash mad scientist vtol (aka Dmitry Morozov) has been at it yet again. This time, inspiration struck when his iPod earbuds tangled. (Good thing he hadn’t upgraded to wireless!) And the result was a new visual interface for music, embodied as kinetic sculpture.
Volnovod, sounding for all the world like a long lost Soviet lunar probe (or, um, sounding like “waveguide” if you happen to speak Russian), is an installation / controller / instrument built on the idea. And it comes from the artist just as he’s fresh off a rich Berlin exhibition full of ingenious inventions.
The basic idea is deceptively simple: two motors twist a bit of wire, and a camera uses the image of that white edge against a black background to determine a control. That could feed, in fact, anything – fundamentally this is just a controller – but molding wave shapes is an obvious and elegant first step.