Babel



Babel

Upright Acoustic Piano, Manual Typewriter, Electromagnetic Solenoids, Wires, Performance
Video by Noah Stout
2009

Babel is an electromechanical sound sculpture that translates language directly into sound. The keys of a manual typewriter are wired to a series of electromagnetic solenoids that strike corresponding keys on an acoustic piano. Babel is an instrument for text-based sound performances that examine the possibility of universal communication, the barriers of language, and the encryption of meaning.

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