Ars Electronica "A New Digital Deal"
Wed Sep 8, 2021, 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
All times are given in Central European Summer Time (CEST / UTC +2)
Linz, Ars Electronica Center, Deep Space 8K
In Is it you, my dear AI or is it me? Wolfgang Dorninger works with small sound tools that he soldered himself, but also with autogenerative, software-based sound modules. These are tools he uses to trigger inspiration. The next step is to put a system of order over them. As soon as he suspects control, he presses the reset button.
During the performance he plays techno with circuits based on CMOS chips. Parallel to this, he plays highly complex electronic music with algorithmic sound generators. At one point there is analog chaos (factor light and voltage) and at another point digital chaos, because the parameters for sound generation are uncontrollable and partly outsourced to AI. The taming as a creative process, the schedule as a score and the reset button as a baton. Whenever things get too wild, Bruckmayr_Dorninger start to sing to appease the circuits.
Didi Bruckmayr dreams with the machines, which send messages to each other. As then he marches along a beam into the abstract landscapes of the “signed distance fields.” Sometimes he ”speaks in tongues” and all this in real time 3-D.
Photos by Robert Bauernhansl (AEC), Tom Mesic (Ars Electronica)