Musical-toy installation for 8 mini basketballs Roland Olbeter y Urbez Capablo
Otto is a piece that plays with the duality of what’s opposed. There is an aesthetic contrast between the structure that supports it –hand-cut Menorcan wood– and the industrial and technological components that have inside to create the sound. This duality is transported to the very core of the sound, which combines analog and digital to create soundscapes through algorithms pulled from NASA’s database.
Mini-basketball balls suspended in the air hold keys that are activated by the public and bounce on a platform. The bouncing is amplified and transformed by an algorithm into a sound source that will be different in every interaction.
At the end of every generated micro-piece, the ball returns to the ceiling impulsed by an air shot. This sound is also integrated into the sonic world that surrounds the installation. The generative algorithm is also fed by data from NASA’s public databases, which are updated in real-time through the internet.
The installation is at the frontier of the digital world, and the analog world, both at a creative level, and a sonic level. Their creations are the result of something accidental with an intentional part. After the festival, OTTO will have generated a sonic demo composed of 500 hours of algorithms that could be used to create a soundtrack for a science fiction film.