a musical experience by Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska, february 2oo8
Absolut Quartet, a commission for the Absolut Visionaries project, is a music making machine like no other. The audience becomes part of the performance, while watching something that appears impossible.
Log in to quartet.cc for a chance to interact with the machine. You will enter a 4-8 second theme, and the machine will generate, in real-time, a unique musical piece based on the input melody you have provided.
You will see this melody played by three instruments. The main instrument is a ballistic marimba, which launches rubber balls roughly 2m into the air, precisely aimed to bounce off of 42 chromatic wooden keys. The second instrument is an array of 35 custom-tuned wine glasses, played by robotic fingers. Finally, an array of 9 ethnic percussion instruments rounds out the ensemble.
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Originally inspired when Dan and I saw the video 'Pipe Dream,' from AniMusic, and we felt the need to make it real.
|Musical Software||Roberto Aimi|
|Illumination and Communication||Sean Stevens|
|Algorithmic Composition||Jay Flower|
|Wine Materials Science||Orian Welling|
|Engineering Intern||Cha-Ling O'Connell|
|Lead Factory Workers||Rony Kubat|
|Custom Glass Tuning||Brien Engel|
|Graphic Design||Neri Oxman|
|Custom Microphones||K+K Sound Systems|
|Custom Marimba Elements||Marimba One|
SHOWINGSArs Electronica, Jan - Dec 2oo9
AWARDSAward of Distinction, Ars Electronica 2oo8, Interactive Art Category. Linz, Austria
PRESS"very impressive... [a] visual spectacle."