performed by Josh Bennett composed/programmed by Jeremy Muller video by Dave Thibodeau
This work is based on the idea of the electrons in atoms and the probability of finding an electron around the atom’s nucleus. The fascinating concept here is that we can only predict electron behavior through probabilistic models – in other words, you have to use chance, not determinism, to find an electron. This is quite different from our understanding of large bodies (like planets, moons, stars, etc.) orbiting around other large bodies where things are predictable and deterministic. In Orbitals, I loosely explore this idea of using small, probabilistic variations in order to create larger complex sounds (which is a metaphor for the universe I suppose). The audience members participate with their mobile devices in a completely immersive experience from omnidirectional sound. This is possible thanks to the ubiquitousness of web browsers and the development of web audio for processing sound within the browser.