What is the audiovisual character of a thing? How can it be sensually invented, re-interpreted, and transformed within the context of a band? In a ten-day short-term project, participants formed together as dialoguing futurists and bizarre musicians, delving into the »principles of misuse« of objects to explore pitch singularities and through modes of »instant playing«, formed The Hacking Orchestra. Our live performance at KISD (9.12.16) centered on a wired sound park of found objects, including blenders mixed in automated percussion, effected razors and power tools, synthesized marbles, amplified water, a stroked radiator, a sensorized referee stand, and a destroyed TV.

Invited to perform again at NODE17 Forum for Digital Arts – Designing Hope (07.17 in Frankfurt), four participants of us committed to continuing the project, redesigning the format for a smaller ensemble and meeting regularly to hack together acoustic and electronic instruments, improvising music through unconventional hardware and software inputs and outputs.

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Stefanie Grawe, Martin Simpson, Alejandro Juarez, Kyosuke Ishii, Jakob Plöns, Dieter Pilger, Dino Jin Tanaka

Supervised by
Prof. Nina Juric, Prof. Andreas Muxel