Transcendence (2013)

Transcendence is a private commission for kinetic artist Trimpin as a memorial sculpture at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Trimpin, along with composer Arturo Salinas and designer Hernan Salinas, envisioned a 60-foot-high sculpture of aluminum spheres with 77 handbells across 6 octaves, representing 7 different constellations arranged in a parametrically-designed helical structure. The Salinas family produced a short photo-documentary of the project that can be viewed on YouTube (although it's in Spanish!)

Prior to construction, I became involved as a software designer when it was determined that physically actuated handbells didn't sound so great in hollow aluminum spheres. Trimpin and I collaborated to devise a 96-channel audio system using sampled bells, where each could be tuned and equalized to the resonant frequencies of a specific sphere. While the sculpture itself is static, the music changes over a 360 day period using a generative system inspired by the arrangements of stars in the seven constellations.