MARCO DONNARUMMA

Performing bodies, sounds and machines

Marco Donnarumma | sound art and performance art, human body and biotechnology


MARCO
DONNARUMMA

High Spheres

High Spheres is an open air participative concert where there is no musician, no instrument, but people playing stones and leaves.

About the work

This work is inspired by the concept of the Harmony of the High Spheres, studied and discussed by American composer John Cage. This concept concerns the existence of a music living inside the world itself, all nature’s creatures and inanimate objects carry this music within themselves. Humans often try to imitate it when they should simply catch it and let it sounds. This music is the sound of the world, it is our most ancient sonic experience.

High Spheres takes place open air. No musical instruments are provided, but stones and leaves. Audience can use multiple microphones to amplify any kind of sound they wish to produce (i.e. voice noises, manipulating leaves, rubbing stones, etc.). Participation to the action is not scheduled so everyone can join the group during the execution. The whole sonic matter is managed by a self-designed software for generative music creation, which interacts with the audience processing in real-time the sounds they produce. When someone leaves the concert area the sound he produced keeps flowing through the surround system, merging and mutating within the collective sonic flow.

The software generates ever changing parameters for the reproduction and manipulation of the incoming audio signals, creating an endless sonic data flow which, once started, will live and grow beyond the time-space of the action. During this ritual the audience creates a self-organizing orchestra composing a unique piece of music, something not repeatable and ever changing. Generative electroacoustic music for non-musicians.

Keywords: installation, participatory, concert, John Cage, indeterminacy, open air
Status:
Archived

High Spheres photo gallery

  • Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Performance Art Sound Art
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  • Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Performance Art Sound Art

Year of creation: 2007-2010
Technique: stones, leaves, microphones, loudspeakers, computer
Duration: Infinite
Dimensions:  min. 12m x 12m x 8m

Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art
Marco Donnarumma - High Spheres Sound Art

Exhibitions

  • Re-New Digital Arts Festival, Opening concert, Huset i Magstræde, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2010
  • Pedvale Open Air National Museum, Seasonal closing ceremony, Pedvale, Latvia, November 2007

Credits

Marco Donnarumma – Concept, programming
Krists Krigers – Photography
Laboratory of Stage Arts – Production
Pedvale Open Air National Museum – In kind support