COMPOSITION FOR LIGHT, PERCUSSION AND ULTRASOUND
Seven drums with clear drum heads are set up in a field at night with high powered lights and microphones placed in each. Throughout the evening insects including moths attracted by the light congregate on and above the drums. The sound of the landing insects is amplified through a sound system placed around the drums. At specific intervals ultrasonic recordings (20 kHz, 110 dB SPL at 1 m) of bats are piped through the system triggering an evasive response from the moths who fall from the sky landing on the drums as groups.


Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010, Installed at Electric Eclectics Festival 5, Amplified drums, lights, lighting sequencer.  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.  The set up early in the evening.

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010   

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010   

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.  The lights in the drums turn off and on to a composed sequence enticing the moths to land on preselected drums.

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010   

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010   

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010   

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.   The moths began to appear.

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.  A close up view of a moth fluttering on the drum skin.

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010.  Real bats also showed up.

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010  

Composition for Light, Percussion and Ultrasound: 2010