Kyokkoufu (2007)

Kyokkoufu, Winds of the Polar Lights or Lights from the Polar Winds
Commissioned by the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain)

A genuine ballet of FlyingCans, new musical instrument, Kyokkoufu invites the audience to live an hypnotic experience of light and sound. The sonorities, produced in a strictly acoustic manner by the agitation of the wind inside the instruments put in motion by computer-controlled motors, possess an undeniable organic character. Soothing at one time and intimidating the next, they evolve in a way that is directly proportional to the rotational speed that generates them, at the same time projecting the sound of the instruments in every direction.

Following the principle of the wind turbine, this way of putting them in vibration propagates tangible energy through the intensity and presence of the sounds, of course, but also through the light patterns gradually emerging from it. As each FlyingCan includes a fully-controllable lighting system (hue and intensity, varying progressively or instantly), their circular movement in space forms all sorts of shapes in relation with the intensity of the sonorities; flashes, complete or partial circles, continuous or distinct like degrees on a compass.

Movements of light and sound around different energetic poles, this new sound installation musically evokes the “Kyokkou’, the polar lights of Japan. Kyokkoufu is thus a new term combining Kyokkou (polar lights) and Fu (winds), so as to mean the Winds of the Polar Lights.

Original idea Jean-François Laporte
Conception Jean-François Laporte
Production Jean-françis Laporte, Martin Ouellet, Productions Totem Contemporain
Development of the electronic system Nicolas Leroy, Emmanuel Flety
Programming Jean-François Laporte, Benjamin Thigpen and Nicolas Leroy
Thanks to Centro Galego de Arte Contemporeania, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Montréal Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council for the Arts

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