Our assignment this week in Visual Music class with Zach Layton at ITP was to “make a projected image display without computer…only light and other means to diffract it.” I decided to create a piece using common household objects. I used a flashlight to shine light through glass containers I found in my kitchen (a jam jar, a bottle, and a blender) and projected onto the marble surface of my kitchen wall. The result was a subtle texture of light contrasting with the natural patterns in the marble. I recorded my little domestic light show with my G10.
Then, for the audio portion of Kitchen Song, I recorded sounds from appliances in my kitchen: the sink, the dishwasher, the blender, the stove, the microwave – my response and homage to John Cage’s Water Walk. Then I layered over growly synth improv I played on the trusty old SidStation.
By the way, the online video format doesn’t really do the piece justice. It’s designed to be projected on a large screen in a very dark room, with the audio turned up really loud.
Without further ado, I present Kitchen Song: