Ori3ntatiox in Musikkapelle


2019–2020 Linz (AT)
collaboration with Carla Zamora
self-made instrument, performance


2020 Musikkapelle - experimental instruments' concert, modern art space Florentine, Linz (AT) (curated by Enrique Tomás – ultranoise)

Sensing the world around us is giving self-assertion of our own position in it and the feeling of present. Orientation is also connected to readjustment that we need often to settle on our place.

Ori3ntatioX is an instrument that senses its environment and position in the world. It generates three different sounds by the position of the instrument based on the dimensions x, y and z. There are no left and right, only constantly and relatively changing coordinates in the space.

Sounds can be controlled by moving the instrument around in the space. To get smoother soundscape it can be hung in its wooden cradle where it is swinging slowly from side to side.

The project reflects the need to feel balanced in constant movement and restless wondering.

The sibling instrument by Carla Zamora is sensing the vibrations of touch and natural rocks, generating soft and wild soundscapes.

The instruments are made out of plywood, canvas, rocks, ESP32-microcontroller, piezo, orientation sensor, Arduino and Max MSP.

Microelectronics, two pieces connected with cables.
The core of the instrument

After all photo and visual projects I took a side step to develop my own instrument and to perform in Musikkapelle concert with Carla Zamora.

Are you listening to things around you? How does your position sounds like?

The project had many different experimental parts that I needed to knit together in the end.

The making-of video:

Bending the skills

The most visible part is the wooden cradle that I was making in the wood workshop. I got a lot of help from professional carpenter because the shape is not easy even for more advanced makers.

First we made the mold and then finished the ready wooden parts. We were bending glued plywood over the night and hoping the best. The next day the shape worked as I wanted and I was so relieved. I made the both wooden parts for us from the same piece to get the identical instruments for me and Carla.

A thin piece of wood bended around bigger piece of wood.
Bending around the mold

Two curved wood in the wood workshop.
Making-of, wood workshop

Other part was having the correct Arduino code and to get the Wi-Fi microcontroller to work on my laptop. I got support from my professor, sound artist Enrique Tomás. After that I was making the Max patch that took also some time, because I needed to learn the nonlinear nature of my sensor and the values it generates.

Our instruments got inspiration from the nature so I chose some sounds that have connection to that.

My first plan was to have multiple sensors, example SoftPot, and I got a few of them working at the same time wirelessly, but in the end I wanted to focus to work with the orientation one.

The cover of the instrument is made out of fabric. I had a few different options I tried during the process, but after all this seemed to fit the best for the theme and being also the best for the sensor. I needed to have enough big but light object to hold inside MC, sensor and power bank, but not to bend the plywood too much.

This was very experimental project with all the parts. Usually my projects has been strongly connected to visual arts, but now was the time to try something new and stretch my borders and comfort zone.

A person (me) holding the wooden curve object on the table in front of the audience.
Musikkapelle Concert

Playing Ori3ntatioX in Musikkapelle

Ori3ntatioX saw the light of day 24th of January on Florentine in Linz (Austria). Our performance with Carla went good even we didn’t know how is it going to be, because our instruments work every time a bit differently.

In the concert were altogether 15 different and new instruments. The event place was as full as possible and atmosphere was excited, the air was full of curiosity and enthusiasm over unusual beats.

For me it was the time to try a new path since the only performance is usually a short talk in the opening of an exhibition. I really enjoyed it and I feel that this is not going to be the last project in this field.

Photos from the concert: Musikkapelle (FB)