Digital Musics & Sound Art

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions


Dmitry Morozov (RU)


I came up with the idea of this device during a long flight, when my iPod earbuds (the standard white ones) got caught up yet again. The wires of this manufacturer are covered with special rubber that grants the earbuds a unique feature: they do not fracture or bend; they just intertwine endlessly, which prolongs their lifespan and prevents contact damage. Therefore, in a typical coincidence, my wire intertwined many times and I noticed that it resembled a complex multidimensional wave. The concept of the machine immediately came to mind: a machine that would deliberately intertwine this kind of wire in different ways, then a camera that would digitize it and a special algorithm that would transform the result in a parametric graph controlling different parameters of sound synthesis.

The device Volnovod is the result. I think of this device as a hybrid machine, which combines a kinetic sound sculpture and a unique controller/tool. It is based on the concept of some small phenomenon being adapted and automatized. The result was a very peculiar - for me - combination of a tangible wave and soundwaves depending on it.

The device operates in automatic mode, semi-automatic mode, or manual mode. Two stepper motors constantly turn and intertwine the wire, molding different types of waves. Motors operate in accordance with the random numbers-based program and randomly change the direction. Still they rotate within the preset number of steps range to prevent the wire from over-intertwining. The camera shoots a wire in front of a black background, which makes it possible to achieve the highest picture contrast. Nine wave pictures are saved. Later they can be updated in automatic mode or refiled manually in semi-automatic mode or manual mode. These nine shots then morph into graphic tables with a resolution of 270 x 240 points. The tables are the base that control sound synthesis options. The program can generate parameters in any suitable format: MIDI, OSC, CV and can be used freely both within the system and with external devices. Graph readings can be written down automatically or manually, with different velocity in many directions. The wave form can also be put to use as a harmonic oscillator wave (akin to wavetable synthesis).


::vtol:: / Dmitry Morozov

::vtol:: is the alias of a Moscow-based media artist Dmitry Morozov (RU). He focuses on technological art: robotics, sound art, and science art. Dmitry took part in the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, the Archstoyanie (Nikola-Lenivets) and CTM (DE) festivals, and exhibitions at such prominent venues as NCCA (Moscow), MMOMA (Moscow), Central Exhibition Hall Manege (Moscow), Laboratoria Art & Science Space (Moscow), Electromuseum (Moscow), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), ZKM (DE), and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (US). He is the laureate of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (St.Petersburg, 2013) and Prix Cube (FR, 2014). Dmitry received honorable mentions at the VIDA 16.0 (ES, 2014) and Prix Ars Electronica (AT, 2015).