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Academy of Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA)

Broken Ensemble - Siamak Anvari

Broken ensemble is a series of sound installations, in principle a self-played ensemble, consisting of some broken instruments which can not be normally played anymore.

A transducer (exciter) is attached to each instrument in order to resonate their body and produce sound in a same way as in a loudspeaker. An algorithm running on a computer in real time, is responsible for producing the music in certain orders and sending it to the instruments. The sound material used in this work is also based on the recordings of the same instruments. Like an ensemble, they interact with each other, play together and give space to one another while structuring unrepeated musical forms.

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