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Found Sound Discovery is an interactive sound installation that explores real-time physical (analog) sounds and time-manipulated (digital) sounds from eight found objects. In essence it is an experimental instrument that invites to be played with.

Through making movements with the found metal and wood objects, the interactor triggers long sound samples of the objects. The samples are played back at different time speeds, consequently changing pitches, depending on timing and motions. As the movements are hardly replicated and the periodic time of the samples is over 30 seconds, the installation produces every time new surprising patterns of sounds.

The sense of control is tested when instant repetitive results are not directly to be expected through our interaction with this installation. Due to apparent delay times and the discovered found sounds, one may wonder how we experience control as a consequence. Through the interaction the conceptual question ‘who is playing what’ arises. Are the interactors playing the machine, or is the machine playing with the interactors and their expectations?

Made for Ars Electronica 2019.