SUAL Archives | 2012

Michael Vorfeld: Glühlampenmusik — audiovisual performance

Duration:     31‘32“
Type:             Recorded live at SUAL 2012
Credits:        Audio recording and editing by BG

Glühlampenmusik (Light Bulb Music)
One of the main reasons why the light bulb becomes a threatened species not only in the European Community, are new regulations and prohibitions which are connected to the discovery of the Ozone depletion (the ozone hole) observed since the late 1970s at the South Pole and the North Pole — two geographical areas far away from our point of view. Because of environmental regulations based on this knowledge, a light source, which had been a mass-produced product just a short time ago, will soon disappear. At the same time, the light bulb receives a reappraisal and is given special attention similar to the one it received at the beginning of its more than 130-year-long history. With LIGHT BULB MUSIC Michael Vorfeld presents an audio-visual performance using sounds that are generated by different light bulbs and actuating electric devices. The changes in the light intensity, the incandescence of the filaments and the rhythmic variety of the flickering and pulsing lights is directly transformed into a comprehensive and microcosmic electro-acoustic world of sound. A complex and manifold music arises, which finds its counterpart in a vivid play of light and shadows.

Michael Vorfeld

Michael Vorfeld, musician and visual artist, based in Berlin, plays percussion and self designed stringed instruments and realises electro-acoustic sound pieces. He works in the field of experimental, improvised music and sound art and is often involved in site-specific art projects. He realises installations and performances with light, works with photography and film. Besides his solo activities he is a member of various ensembles and collaborates with artists from different art forms. His activities include numerous concerts, performances and exhibitions in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

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