If the wind could sing to us, what would it sound like?
Would it sound magical, delicate, and melodic? Perhaps it would have a polyphony of voices which articulate its fundamental source and the objects it comes into contact with, infusing it with rhythms, bass, and sweet melodies? Whether its song is a roar or a whisper, a gust or a flurry, with Windcatcher, the wind has a voice.
Windcatcher is an art installation that exemplifies the creative potential of wind as a source of sound, energy, beauty, and inspiration. Three kinetic sound sculptures become the sources of sounds produced as a result of wind interacting with different physical materials and electronic interfaces. These three specially designed instruments: an Aeolian harp, chimes, and musical wind turbine, together create music played by the wind. The ‘wind orchestra’ produces melodic, harmonic, and percussive sounds, each instrument having its own unique form and function
As an artwork, Windcatcher challenges negative perceptions about wind
energy and highlights the majesty and beauty of nature and the wind itself: sounds created and manipulated by the undulating ripples of the wind. Curious what it’s like? Read Harnessing the Forces of Windcatcher by Emma Robertson
This installation was created in collaboration with the following artists and artisans. Without them this work would not be possible, as their expertise in wood and metal working, electronics circuitry and programming permitted a higher conceptual level of creative output.
Jacques Gallant Besides having extensive skills in welding, mechanical design, and interactive installations, Jacques is connected to community organizations, giving him access to a wealth of recycled re-usable materials and resources. For Windcatcher, he acted as a consultant and a builder, assisting in selection of materials and structures for the wind turbine and chimes, and also with mechanical design, electrical design, building, welding, and transport.
Christian Miron specializes in unconventional woodworking and robust installation design. He has also a strong musical background, having performed for MUTEK, Oral, and DJ Orchestra. His woodworking is intricate and detailed; he has worked on Internationally acclaimed projects like building a modular version of The User’s Ondulation (2006) for Théatre Châtelet in Paris and modules for the VIA project by Massimo Guerrera, Corine Lemieux, and Sylvie Cotton (2007). As a solo artist he has exhibited at Galerie Clark, L’Atelier Punkt, Foufounes Électriques, and his work ‘Urbaneau’ was part of OneDrop in the Quartier des Spectacles (June-Sept 2011). For Windcatcher, Christian helped design and build the Aeolian Harp.
Aurelien Monsarrat is first and foremost a visual artist—a painter, but has since 2011 has been extending his creative senses to programming via MAX MSP and Jitter, where he has worked alongside artists like Bill Vorn, Alexandre Beausoleil, and Harold Klunder. For Windcatcher Aurelien built the MAX MSP Drum machine that enables the electrical energy generated by the turbine to play music depending on how the wind blows.