Gordon Monahan Saukraut Synthesiser Audiograft 2014

Gene Pool #71 Sonic Season: Sauerkraut Synthesizer

The second of our recordings from AudioGraft 2014, featuring US artist, Gordon Monahan.

Gordon Monahan Sauerkraut Synthesiser Audiograft 2014Paul Whitty, Research Lead and main figure at SARU talks about the history of the Audiograft festival and motivations of it’s artist-organisers.

Gordon Monahan performs his “Sauerkraut Synthesiser” piece which he describes like this on his website:

“This piece is based on a ‘Lemon Synthesizer’ prototype developed in collaboration with Akemi Takeya and Noid in Vienna, March 2009.

Fruits and vegetables become voltage input controllers for a software-based audio synthesizer. Six fruits and vegetables are placed on a table. A zinc terminal and a copper terminal are inserted into each fruit and vegetable, so that each organic object becomes an acid battery that produces approximately one volt of electricity. The voltage output from the fruit/vegetable network is varied by attaching a second set of terminals arranged in reverse polarity to the first set of terminals.

A live video camera displays the real-time manipulation of the fruits and vegetables on a video projection screen. A second video projection shows the actual voltage changes in real time as the fruit and vegetable network is manipulated.”

Gordon Monahan Sauerkraut SynthesiserThe Sonic Arts Research Unit, based within Oxford Brookes University is home to experimental music composers and sonic artists who develop and share the academic framework of their practice . This includes hosting notable artists as Research Fellows and producing the annual international AudioGraft festival

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