CYBERFEST 2014 Opened at the Ground Moscow

The second part of CYBERFEST 2014 including Ken Butler’s hybrid musical instrument sculptures and CYLAND Audio Archive installation opened in Moscow at the Ground on November 18 and had been on display until December 7, 2014.

The opening night featured Ken Butler’s groundbreaking performance and a lot of applause for Butler’s creativity that explores the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, sounds, and altered images as function and form collide in the intersections of art and music.

On the next day, November 19, Ken Butler gave a workshop using demonstrations and simple materials and exploring the basics of how sound is produced by vibration, how to describe it, and how it can be amplified and processed with microphones. The artist showed how simple instruments can be created from readily available household objects. Participants in the “hands-on” demonstrations discovered the relation between sound, noise, and music and hear their voices altered with electronic effects. Various objects like scissors, paper, and rubber bands are amplified and played as the nature of musical instruments was discussed.

Our curators Sergey Komarov and Vlad Dobrovolski had an opportunity to introduce CYLAND Audio Archive to the demanding Moscow audience, that has showed some true interest in contemporary sound studies. CYLAND Audio Archive (CAA) is a promising project inside our lab to create an expandable collection of contemporary and early sound experiments and to represent them along with other art forms.