Saturday, 6 November 2010

Felix Thorn's Musical Sculptures

Felix's Machines from Felix Thorn on Vimeo.

Meet Felix Thorn, the young artist/engineer who takes salvaged objects and scrap material to make weird and wonderful contraptions that resemble no instrument you've ever seen before. Formed from detritus from the past, the artist wires these new creations up to his computer so that he can digitally control the acoustic noises. The result? I suppose you'd call it 'sonic/kinetic art' - but that doesn't quite do it for me. What you really see is a self-performing, almost conscious, contraption emitting strange noises and flashing lights; a chorus of euphonic vibrations, it could be sinister if it weren't so enchanting.

In the age of the i-Pod and mp3 tracks, this machine stands out in its charming cumbrousness. Felix Thorn (great name, by the way) is very much keeping the steampunk dream alive.


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