Kinetic Light Drums and Community Beacons

Kinetic Light Drums, 2010 - 2013
Image still from the Dlectricity Festival in Detroit, 2012
Mixed media, including polycarbonate, diffusers,
LEDs, and custom wiring harnesses

Kinetic Light Instruments leverage the potentials of music, analog technology, and human-generated power to visualize sound.

These sensitive kinetic light instruments merge technology with the material of light and sound, adding the dimension of light to the ancient tradition of drumming. The instruments are user-powered, and when they are played - banged, hit and tapped - the vibrations from the drumhead are converted to electricity by an internal speaker transducer. The generated energy powers ultra bright LEDs, which light up with every hit. Percussionists play with complex energy relationships through the instrument's simple mechanics.

Community Beacons, 2011
With thanks to the Kenyon College Art Department
Performance still at the Bolton Theater, Kenyon College
Developed during the Mesaros Visiting Artist Residency

Community Beacons, 2011
With thanks to the Kenyon College Art Department
Performance still at the Bolton Theater, Kenyon College
Developed during the Mesaros Visiting Artist Residency

Kinetic Light Drums, 2010
With thanks to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Performance still on Governor's Island, Fort Jay bunker
Developed during the LMCC Swing Space Residency

 
Kinetic Step Platforms, 2014
Performance Still
In collaboration with Step Afrika!
Wood, speaker transducer, wire, LEDs, plastic
Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

These energy harvesting dance platforms were created for Step Afrika's "Green is the New Black" performance in DC and Houston, Texas, in collaboration with founder Brian Williams and artistic director, Jakari Sherman. Modeled in Solidworks CAD and BassBox Pro, the platforms feature acoustically tuned cavities and horn guides that closely couple the movement from the birch plywood dance surface to the speaker transducers. The dancers' movements were visualized in light, as the harvested energy illuminated recycled water bottles.
 
 

Symphony in Step, 2013
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Collaboration with Step Afrika!
As pictured: All kinetic light drums 2009 - 2013, Lighting Rattles 2013

 
 

Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

Towson University Percussion Ensemble 2015
Director: Michelle Humphreys

Performers:
Casey Isanogle, Sarah Dickerson, Dan Puziss, Moy Dumadag, Joe Dennis

Kinetic Light Instruments by Matthew McCormack and Jenn Figg 2010 - 2015

  McCormack and Figg
 
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