Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The 2.5 Ton Fire-Breathing Musical Instrument

Several industrial art groups are collaborating on a project called Syzygryd. It's basically a 2.5 ton musical instrument with a 20-foot fire tornado in the center. Crazy? Yes. But they've got a plan and most of the funds already.

Syzygryd is an interactive metal sculpture measuring 60 feet in diameter and 13 feet tall at its highest point. It consists of three giant spiraling metal arms that join into a tornado of cubes in the center of the space. At the outer edges of the sculpture are three touchscreen grid sequencers (think of a giant 4 foot wide Tenori-on) which allow people to visually compose music together. The touchscreens are also connected to DMX controllers which sequence 1.5 kilowatts of LEDs and an array of flame effects, including a 20 foot fire tornado in the center. In short, the music composed by three strangers will be translated into fire, light, and sound.


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