Tired of playing Ableton Live sets over loudspeakers?
Maybe it’s time to consider creating Live sets for 2.5 ton flamethrowing musical sculptures – like Syzygryd:
Syzygryd is a soaring metal sculpture, measuring 60 ft in diameter and 13 feet high, that spirals out to three touchscreen-operated controllers that anyone can use to dynamically compose music.
The interface is intuitive and visual, allowing anyone from a 5 year old to a 105 year old to become a musician.
The sculpture itself consists of three curving metal arms which spiral towards the center of the space into a tornado of increasingly larger and larger aluminum cubes. The cubes are lit from within by 1.5 kilowatts of LEDs, and the lights are sequenced to the music as it is created.
The entire sculpture responds to how you play it!
Syzygryd is headed to Burning Man 2010 – and you can create music for it.
That’s right – you can get your Ableton Live set performed at Burning Man on a 2.5 musical flamethrower!
Creating Ableton Live Sets For Syzygryd
Organizers have published a musician’s developer kit for you to use when writing music for syzygryd.
The MDK includes sample Ableton Live sets, sequencer, controller and MIDI mapper software. The sequencer, controller and MIDI mapper software let you simulate the user experience of interacting with syzygryd.
When writing music for syzygryd, take these constraints into consideration:
- Try to keep your sets under 1GB as large sets may take a while to load.
- Set length is 20 minutes to an hour long.
- Design your set around the step sequencer as an input method.
- Remember, this is for a sculpture for Burning Man and possibly other international festivals. Make your music/set appealing to a wide variety of tastes, but also don’t be afraid to push the envelope. Although we do plan to deploy syzgryd at other festivals, we invite you to use the Burning Man theme “Metropolis” as inspiration for sets.
Details at the syzygryd site.