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Artist Profile: Reade Vaisman

The Brain Constructing the World
A collaboration between Serendip and Painted Bride Art Center,
associated with the Synesthesia exhibit, April 3rd - May 16th 2009

Reade Vaisman



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Artist's statement

I completed this machine in spring 2008. I started with a cassette recorder and a radio Frankensteined into a more "traditional" circuit-bent noisemaker. I then added the Coke can sequencer and un-dead toy toucan. Finally I built a little trigger circuit to control the bird's motor and mounted it all on the outside of a plywood box.

Building such a gizmo is tricky to direct. Before the rebuild around the box, the electronics were all glued and screwed to a flattish piece of scrap wood. After arranging it all on the box and rewiring the whole mess, it seemed to have lost much of the sensitivity and variety of glitches that had been the inspiration for the bird! Over time much of the piercing squeals and machine gun chatter came back but it takes a bit more poking about to get a big reaction. The ghost in the machine!



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