︎ LESI, 2015
Live Experimental Spatial Instrument (LESI) is an interactive engine that allows users to control their own experience through a specific medium. In the case above that medium is sound. The project is a partnership between Nosaj Thing, Collins, and myself. It was developed for Pop Up Magazine’s Golden State Record (link) event on September 30, 2016 at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California. Below is a stripped down version of the software that was running at the show. It serves as documentation of LESI, a piece of art, created in code, that captures a moment in time in California and the creative world.
LESI’s concept was developed around the idea of gravitational waves, black holes in space, and the Voyager Golden Record, phonograph records from 1977 that contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth. The superfluous name is an homage to LIGO the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory which detected and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding in 2015.
Photos from the show, courtesy of Collins