QUANTUM SOUP ORCHESTRA
... organised chaos by
Simon Le Boggit
Simon is especially interested in finding statistical sweet-spots where chaos and repetition (and sometimes mutation) may evoke moments of “apparent intentionality”, which feel like they must have been specifically engineered by a sentient creator rather than be a product of non-sentient chance.
Rather than following the virtual herd as it stampedes towards ever more complex AI (Artificial Intelligence), Simon has sought to head in the opposite direction in pursuit of AATAPS (Artificially As Thick As Pig-Shit). Just how simple can a mindless system get, while still creating sounds which (some) people will regard as music? And what happens when chaotic music sets the context for random motion, and vice versa?
Simon’s audio-visual compositions have been performed and shown in exhibitions and art festivals around the world including Lincoln, London, Edinburgh, Swansea, Manchester, Bath, Stockholm, Athens, Barcelona, Seoul, Vancouver and New York.
Description: an algorithmically composed piece of music for multiple bells and chimes – effectively creating a gigantic virtual bell with the audience inside it – with the various sounds shared across an array of 146 loudspeakers inside the four storey high Cube black-box theatre. The music itself was created algorithmically, with massed ranks of random number generators determining the pitch and timing of each note / chime.
Event: Cubefest at The Cube, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
Event: finalist in Luz y Vanguardias (Light and Avant Garde) festival, Salamanca, Spain,13th June 2019.
Event: Dislocation received its public premiere on 24th April 2019, during There’s No Place Like Home – a three day event held at Mansions Of The Future, Lincoln, UK - to promote understanding of the plight of refugees.
- three artists attempting to shed light on the plight of demonised and tortured asylum seekers.
Theme: If the present distorts memory of the past, and the past provides context for the present... where lies Truth?
Description: algorithmically generated music and video, for string quartet.
Event: Visions of Science Art Prize Exhibition, Andrew Brownsword Gallery, The Edge, University of Bath, UK in September-October 2018.