Light Entropy

Williams, Sean and Strang, David (2014). Light Entropy. Contemporary Music Festival, Plymouth.



Light Entropy is an installation and performance exploring ideas around decay, synaesthesia and chaos. The work has been developed around an original sound and light installation (Tiny Moments) by David Strang and built into a performance via the collaboration between David and Sean Williams.

Small light bulbs are frozen inside blocks of ice and hung at various points around a dark space. Beneath each block of ice is a metal bowl suspended in the space that catches each droplet of water as it falls. As a droplet of water hits the bowl it triggers the corresponding light to flash on then off. The water droplet is also amplified through speakers in the space. What is created here is a network of synchronised flashes of light and pulses of sound that adjust to the surrounding environment. Along with the light bulb, small contact mics are frozen in the blocks of ice to amplify the changing state of the ice as it cracks and releases small pockets of air.

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