The Monads


2015/2016

The Monads is a kinetic/sound installation of custom made leslie speakers inspired by the wind going through the tree leaves. The rotating speakers create a mix of direct and reflective sound through which the source seems to appear from close by as from far away.

The control of sound and movement is approached from a meta-level. Instead of controlling each individual unit separately, there is a system of conditions by which the entities can move freely. Hereby various behavioural patterns arise through time. The timing, speed, volume of sound, motors, and the relation between these formed the frame of rules that were set for this self-controlled system.

The title derives from Leibnitz’ philosophy where a Monad is an indivisible and hence ultimately simple entity, such as an atom or a person.

November Music 2016, Kruithuis – Den Bosch

With the kind support of Stroom, DordtYart, Steim and Creative Industries Fund NL
Special thanks: Marcus Graf, Marnix de Nijs, Ben Terwel, Bram Vreven
Photos: Maurice Tjon a Tham
Video
Camera & Grading: Tanja Busking
Edit: Gabey Tjon a Tham