The Opera Machine

 

I was interested in finding a way to visually record an opera performance and so began working on a machine that would be able to record audio information in a physical form.

Each brush is attached to a separate servo mounted on a plotter on top of a record player. As the record spins, the brushes apply pressure based on the vocal performances of each singer in the duet.

Music is an excerpt of 'O Soave Fanciulla' from La Bohème. Created for the Royal Opera House's 'Opera Shorts' series.

Some early prototypes: