Third year MFA candidate Bryce Heesacker, creating art under the moniker F. C. Zuke, will present an interactive installation titled A New Word at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of the National Student Electronic Music Event from February 15-16.
About the work:
A New Word presents viewers with a seemingly simple question: “What do you
believe?” Viewers respond to this question through one of
several computer interfaces, one word at a time. As each user submits a word,
their word is added to a book in front of them and the books of all other
users. This communal process results in an amalgam of phrases and sentences
that reflect the collective beliefs of all those who participated.
Typed words are converted to speech in real time,
keystrokes are translated to organ, voice, and bell sounds, and music is
generated according to the responses of visitors. As participants type, each
keystroke triggers melodies from celebrated Western sacred music played in
retrograde and inversion. A New Word allows for individuals to express their beliefs
while a highly responsive system translates their input into a complex musical
orchestration that blurs the sacred and the secular. The system is highly
reactive to participants’ typing, which allows individuals with little musical
ability to become performers and collaborators in the work.
Documentation of this work is available at www.fczuke.com