Articulated Works

for distributed quintet, interactive sculpture, multi-channel audio and projection design.

Composed & Directed by Justin Peake

Premiered Jan 21, 2017 - The Marigny Opera House - New Orleans, LA

THE PERFORMANCE

THE PERFORMANCE

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

Oracles: PERFORMANCE

The audience is greeted by an interactive table displaying 200 handmade ceramic cups, and invited to take one of the cups. When a cup is removed, 1) the sculptures on stage resonate audibly in the space and 2) the music of the 2nd movement is arranged generatively.. but how? See the Design & Tech.

The audience is greeted by an interactive table displaying 200 handmade ceramic cups, and invited to take one of the cups. When a cup is removed, 1) the sculptures on stage resonate audibly in the space and 2) the music of the 2nd movement is arranged generatively.. but how? See the Design & Tech.

As the audience fills the space, the ensemble appears on stage amidst the resonating sculptures. They are holding the custom built wind-activated boxes which are used in the 3rd movement.

As the audience fills the space, the ensemble appears on stage amidst the resonating sculptures. They are holding the custom built wind-activated boxes which are used in the 3rd movement.

To begin the second movement the musicians move to their places surrounding the audience resulting in a cohesive surround-sound acoustic ensemble. Our FIGURE software is used to cue the ensemble based on data gathered from the cups and the table. But how? Check out the software.

To begin the second movement the musicians move to their places surrounding the audience resulting in a cohesive surround-sound acoustic ensemble. Our FIGURE software is used to cue the ensemble based on data gathered from the cups and the table. But how? Check out the software.

 Performer's tablet screen.

Tablet screen + Wind Box on piano

Subtle projection mapping

Musicians are seated around audience.

Performers: James Singleton, Helen Gillet, Aurora Nealand, Rex Gregory, Simon Lott + resonant sculpture by Rick Snow. The third movement begins with the ensemble amidst the sculpture again. The wind-controlled boxes they hold now activate multi-channel surround sound elements in the space. The musicians and audience can control the sound by gently blowing into the boxes. How does this work? Check out the Design & Tech.

Performers: James Singleton, Helen Gillet, Aurora Nealand, Rex Gregory, Simon Lott + resonant sculpture by Rick Snow.

The third movement begins with the ensemble amidst the sculpture again. The wind-controlled boxes they hold now activate multi-channel surround sound elements in the space. The musicians and audience can control the sound by gently blowing into the boxes. How does this work? Check out the Design & Tech.

Custom wireless wind-controlled instruments.

Each wind-box controls a different surround speaker.

Oracles: DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Creative Technologist for Oracles is Joseph Mango.

The interactive table contains 200 sensors which measure the presence of each handmade ceramic cup. When a cup is removed, that information is logged and sent to a server which communicates with the resonant sculptures on stage as well as the musician's tablet screens which display musical cues.

The custom circuit boards for all 200 cup sensors.

Each ceramic cup has a small magnet embedded in its base.

The table...mid-wiring.

Final set-up with wind boxes.

The ceramic cups also activate these wireless wind/breath controlled instruments. If a musician or audience member places their cup within the circle, they are able to control surround sound elements in the space by gently blowing into the mouthpiece.

Handmade from regional Cypress wood and copper.

Each box corresponds to a different surround speaker.

Each box runs on a Moteino wireless module and a Modern Devices anemometer.

Pre-show calibration routine

Oracles: EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

We were fortunate enough to be able to offer an extensive behind-the-scenes walk through of the piece to a large group of young students from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) & Electric Girls.

This piece would not have been possible without the cooperation of a wonderful team of people.