Machines with gears and cranks are manipulated to produce a sound construction where acoustics and electronics meet. Submerged in surround sound, the audience discovers the interaction between mechanical and synthetic sound. With specifically tailored programming, digital processing enlarges the sound palette of the machines. La chambre des machines, by Nicolas Bernier & Martin Messier, stems from a desire to return to the physical world from an environment of digital creation. This project also refers back to the intonarumoris – the sound machines created by the Italian Futurists at the beginning of the 20th century. These machines contained mystifying mechanisms much in the same way that we may approach computers today as having their own perplexing components.

 

 (thanks to Nicolas Bernier & Martin Messier)