The Monads


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
Camera & Grading: Tanja Busking
Edit: Gabey Tjon a Tham

2020 – Bierumer School, Bierum
2018 – Tetem, Enschede
2017 – Sonica, Ljubljana
2017 – Tec Art, Rotterdam
2016 – November Music, Den Bosch
2016 – Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven
2016 – Fort Process, Newhaven
2016 – Kunstschouw, Burgh-Haamstede
2016 – Steim, Amsterdam
2015 – DordtYart, Dordrecht