USB typewriter for Órgano; an art piece by Tania Candiani presented at Laboratorio Arte Alameda.
The space formerly occupied by the church organ in San Diego ex Convent, today Laboratorio Arte Alameda, is the site for a new instrument that has been transformed into a talking machine. The device features two keyboards, one musical and the other from a typewriter. Each time users move to another line by striking the carriage-return lever, the words that have been written can be heard by means of a voice synthesizer. The musical keyboard features even more complex programming: each key and each chord has been programmed to sound a phonic syllable, for a total of 1201 syllables that reference the language-aquisition. The assignment of sounds -proper to linguistic orality- to keys and chords allows for texts to be converted into musical notation and subsequently become sheet music. The end result is a vox mechanica system that re-signifies the meaning of the message.
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