DSD-08AS

DSD-08AS is an electromechanical sound installation.

24 modules – each consisting of two solenoids, a metal rail and a metal ball – are building a self- triggering system where the metal ball functions as conductor between the rail and the solenoids. The ball is closing the circuit, and the electricity is applied to the solenoid at the same moment when it is pushing the ball back to the opposite side, thereby cutting itself from the electric flow. This results in interplay between the two solenoids and multiple loops with different time delays.

By applying the electricity to the installation soon after the beginning, the resulting rhythm of solenoid bolts hitting metal balls, starts shifting and recreates itself over and over again, in endless possibilities. Beside the mechanical inaccuracy of the the solenoids there are several factors influencing the sound; the friction of the balls on the rails, the characteristics of the wall the installation is mounted on, the size of the space, and the position of the spectator. At the end of the cycle the electricity gets cut off and the balls rest in their last position, leaving the spectator in a silent space with the surrounding sneaking in.

Like in the author’s previous works the author has been experimenting with unconventional ways of producing sound, by using devices and tools made for a different purpose, in this one, too. In this installation, these objects become new devices to produce unpredictable results.