Monday, June 04, 2007
In a Garden
One more remark about small-scale electronics: circuit benders and hardware hackers tend not to route their sounds through common mixers, amps, and loudspeakers, preferring instead to use individual loudspeakers associated physically with each individual instrument. The effect, when played in ensemble, is a vivid re-encounter with traditional chamber or orchestral playing, in which the room, the placement of individual instruments or voices in the room, and the position of the listener work together in complex and diverse ways rather than condense into a uniform sound image. (Cage: "Everyone is in the best seat.") Also: this departure from central sound regulation actually increases the potential for using loudspeakers, both physically close to their instrumental sources and physically remote from them, to create spatial illusions.