“Ice is personal to me – it reminds me of the cultural autonomy I felt as a child growing up in all-engulfing Nordic winters.” –John Tamm-Buckle
John Tamm-Buckle’s musical background ranges from classical training to rave-scene electronica. Growing up in Scandinavia and the UK, Tamm-Buckle’s interest in alternative forms of sonic expression stems from exposure to European modern art, sculpture, and British pirate radio.
Tamm-Buckle will perform Dronning Maud Land, an interactive sculpture made of ice frozen around a frame, contact microphones, and a digital thermometer. While the ice melts, pieces of the sculpture will be amplified and played like a percussion instrument. The signal sources will be run through a custom Max/MSP patch that performs various signal-processing and signal-routing functions. In addition to the sound of the sculpture, analyzed audio data will trigger and morph samples recorded in Antarctica.
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