Gendhing Cosmic

5th order ambisonics installation

2019

4-channel sound installation

2018

What if gamelan 'living and being alive' on earth---with its gravity that determines all the system therein---'lives' in the outer space? This work reimagines how pakem---the principal guidelines derived and practiced from the Javanese gamelan tradition that acts as a gamelan's rule of the making---is ripped from the instrument, thereby scattering its original identity and making a new one; will it remain gamelan?

 

All the sound was generated through additive synthesis and the spatialization was created using HOA UGens, the SuperCollider library for encoding, transforming, and decoding higher order ambisonics by Florian Grond (https://github.com/florian-grond/SC-HOA).

 

Gendhing Cosmic was originally created for a quadraphonic system and exhibited at the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival 2018 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and the West Bank Arts Quarter Festival 2018 (Minneapolis, MN). For the Linux Audio Conference 2019 (https://lac.linuxaudio.org/2019/#), this work is presented as a 5th order ambisonics installation.

Note:

The video of the ambisonics presentation is presented as a binaural track; for a headphone listening only.

© Jay Afrisando 2019