The Sounds of the World is a thirteen channel audio-visual installation by Francesc Martí built on a network of Raspberry Pi computers and created from a series of Andrei Tarkovsky film clips.
The installation explores the concept of audio-visual sampling, in which real-world images and sounds – captured and digitized – are cut, mixed, manipulated and reassembled in order to generate new audio-visual materials.
In particular, Francesc has been experimenting with how granular sound synthesis techniques and pseudorandom number generator algorithms – where a computer program produces seemingly random numbers – can be used for generating audio-visual creative works.
The name is taken from this quote by Andrei Tarkovsky, who wrote in ‘Sculpting in Time’: “I feel that the sounds of this world are so beautiful in themselves that if only we could learn to listen to them properly, cinema would have no need of music at all.”
Francesc Martí is a mathematician, computer scientist, composer and sound & digital media artist born in Barcelona and currently based at De Montfort University. As a composer and video artist, his works have been performed or exhibited all over the world, including at The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and ZKM, Karlsruhe.
This installation is showing to coincide with KISS 2016: Emergence events being held at Phoenix on Wed 7 Sep.