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String Theory

Aluminum, electronics, motor
2012
Artwork by [user-name]
Artwork by [user-name]

String Theory is a kinetic-sound-sculpture that incorporates guitar strings and viewer interaction into an abstract physical form. The conceptual basis for the piece is a loose reference to string theory as the main mechanism simultaneously plucks four of the same type string of a six string guitar thus generally referring to different quantum states of particles and their respective vibrations.

The top section of the piece has a motor driven mechanism that plucks guitar strings. This will be influenced by viewer interactions through the use of a control panel. There will also be light sensors that will be connected to a micro controller, which will use the values of the light sensors to dictate the rotation of the mechanism to change the notes produced by the piece - it will switch directions and speeds based on this information. The ‘music’ that the sculpture produces will be somewhat chaotic, which can be influenced by viewer participation. When no viewer is directly influencing the sequence (by interacting with the control panel), the piece will use the previous values of other participants and randomize those values into a new sequence along with the light value readings.

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