The Chaos Metronome

Martin Bernard

Concept Studio 3

The Chaos Metronome keeps an irregular tempo based on the sounds that it hears around it. Unlike traditional metronomes that impose standardized tempos on their surroundings, my machine responds to its environment, visualizing noise and making unheard energy audible. The antenna that is embedded in the metronome’s pendulum reacts to electromagnetic fields and converts them to sound; the eerie static produced from the metronome’s speaker in turn influences the metronome’s own tempo. This self-influencing, irregular system challenges the rigid universalism of legalized time with the technologically produced chaos of specific contexts.

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