This project is a collaboration between the synthesiser company Korg,
the band OkGo and students from the RCA design products course. The aim was the creation of a stage design amplifying movements, depicting the relationship between electronic and analog instruments.
2014 – RCA, in collaboration with Gemma Roper, Paula Arntzen, Zekun Chang
The circuitry of KORGs MS-20 mini has been hacked and rewired to play
only the 4 notes of the repeating bass line to the song, ‘Another Set of Issues’. Simply rotate the handle to trigger contact between the circuit and the oversized keys that play the corresponding notes. The rotating action required to play the instrument is an intentionally exaggerated gestural interpretation of the notion of ‘looping’ used in electronic music.
The faces and bodies of the band members are magnified and distorted as the chorus of the song, ‘Another Set of Issues’ is played on KORGs MS-20 mini. The 6 notes to play the chorus sequence are programmed as triggers that rotate 6 stepper motors that are attached to large fresnel lenses within the frame.