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Light Bulb Music (DE)

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Light Bulb Music is an audio-visual performance using sounds that are generated by different light bulbs and actuating electric devices. The use of different controllers such as switches, dimmers, relays, flashers and various others leads to changes in the light and the current flow. This is made audible by a range of microphones and pick-ups. In addition, fine mechanical sounds occurring inside the light controllers are amplified and integrated into the music. 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.

Michael Vorveld studied art and visual communication. He lives in Berlin and works in the field of experimental, improvised music and sound art. He plays percussion and self designed stringed instruments and realises electro-acoustic sound pieces. Besides solo activities he is a member of different groups and collaborates with artists of different art forms.


His list of activities includes concerts, performances and exhibitions at 'documenta 8' Kassel (with the artist group 'Heinrich Mucken'), 'Moltkerei Werkstatt' Cologne, 'Het Apollohuis' Eindhoven, 'Logos Foundation' Ghent, 'Künstlerhaus am Deich' Bremen, 'Palais des Beaux Arts' Brussels, 'Melkweg' Amsterdam, 'Künstlerhaus' Dortmund, 'Expo - German Pavillon' Hannover, 'Goethe Institut' Hanoi, 'Experimental Intermedia' New York, 'Podewil' Berlin, 'Center of Contemporary Art' Warshow, 'Plan B' Tokyo, Stadtmuseum Cologne, Architektur Museum Basel, Kunstgewerbemuseum Frankfurt/M, 'De Fabriek' Eindhoven/NL, Underground Car Park Kassel, 'Klang Art Festival' Osnabrück, 'The Substation' Singapore,'Art in General', New York, Planetarium Kassel.