Fig. 1

Consonance and Dissonance is a kinetic sound sculpture that uses various electronic devices including a motor to introduce chaos and rhythm.

Consonance and Dissonance is a kinetic sound sculpture that generates it’s own continuous sound. A microphone being spun around and dragged across a wood base by a motor creates the sound. The microphone bangs also bangs into three artist made cymbals. The sound is affected and amplified by various electronics familiar to rock music. The result is a musical rhythm with percussion with a slight feedback and delay like a garage rock band that goes in and out of rhythmic time.

Fig, 2

I want to Live Forever

This work uses to servos that spin opposite was to create rhythm and chaos. 

I want to Live Forever is a kinetic sound sculpture that generates it’s own continuous sound. A jingle bell is turning clockwise on a servo and bangs on a pink eraser that is turning counter clockwise on another servo.

The viewer hears different versions of the sound generated by the bell. We hear ambient noises of the servos turning and the bell jingling.  We also hear the percussion the bell makes when it strikes the microphone. These sounds are also picked up by the microphone and affected and amplified through the guitar amplifier. The result is a hunting rhythmic percussion that fills the space but echoes like a sound system at a concert in a stadium.

Fig. 3

Feedback

Feedback is a kinetic site-specific installation that uses an oscillating fan to blow and strum vocal microphones to create percussion and undulating feedback that grows and changes over time. The audio signal is processed through various effects processors and an amplifier commonly used with electric guitars. The microphones then pick up the audio and it is looped back through the entire system creating an undulating continuous feedback soundscape.  The installation was in an old convent chapel at the Luminary Center for the Arts previous site.

 

This work was reviewed by Ivy Cooper in the March 2012 issue of Art in America.   http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/brett-williams

Fig. 4

Delayed Synaptic

This work uses servos and a servo controller to introduce chaos and constant rhythm.  

This kinetic sound sculpture uses servo motors and a servo controller to play the metal tubes like a bell. The servo controller delays the play back movements resulting in a glitch that resembles damaged synapses in the brain. This is like the information delay that happened to my father’s brain while his ALS progressed.

Fig. 5

Artifact/ Undercard

This video is of a sculpture entitled artifact/ undercard uses a motor and jingle bells to create a slow dragging sound. The motor keeps a constant rhythm while the dragging jingle bells create and anticipation. 

Shows the underlying condition of a disease that is hidden until diagnosed. Its also like an iceberg when the danger is below the surface. The slow rotation and dragging of the bell is the glacial pace of geologic time or how a long disease process can eat away at a body. Both are slow and the danger is hidden below the surface.

The jingle bell sound is the anticipation of the end and how uncomfortable that wait is.  

Fig. 6

Artifact

This work was commissioned for the first ever Murmuration festival of music and art at Cortex in St. Louis. The sculpture is powered by the wind or by human interaction. The plastic pipes make a clacking sound when they bang together.  

Fig. 7

Dick Pic, Swipe Left

This sculpture was commission by Granite City Art and Design District (G-CADD) for Exhibition 3 Jack n Jenny. The sculpture is powered by the wind and makes a clacking sound when the plastic pipe bangs togehter.  

Fig. 8

Delayed Synaptic prototype.

This video is of a working prototype of the Delayed Synapse. The prototype uses a hobby servo that has a wood ruler attached to it the control the movements of the metal duct work pipe.

Fig. 9

Working prototype for Consonance and Dissonance. 

Fig. 10

Prototype for Chorus.