Writing (Simultan) is an installation piece that reconfigures the two previous instances Writing Machine (2011) and wr_t_ng m_ch_n_ (2017), within the context of the artistic research project Algorithms that Matter.
The basic principle of the piece(s) is to initiate a possibly endless writing and rewriting process, that puts the eigenmotion of that process to the front, and the signification of the “raw” or “input” sound material to the background.
The basic algorithm is always similar: There is a sound “database”, a reservoir of sound material, that is always kept “filled” till a certain level. A process iteratively evolves a “sound phrase”, a sound object of a few dozen seconds, by identifying a portion in the current object that should be overwritten, then searching the database for an acoustically similar fragment, cutting it out from the database and pasting it over the identified location. At the same time, small movements are allowed that make the sound phrase slowly expand and contract in duration.
The display of the installation is through a circular field of petri-dishes which contain piezo speakers, arranged in a certain number of channels, and thus the sound gesture may move around the circle as it evolves.