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HARD ROCK HOTEL PALM SPRINGS COMMISSIONS BERLIN-BASED BENOÎT MAUBREY FOR INTERACTIVE MUSIC SCULPTURE

Palm Springs, CA (September 4, 2013) – The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs has commissioned Berlin-based sound artist Benoit Maubrey to create an electro-acoustic lobby sculpture for the new hotel which is set to open this fall.

Maubrey’s ceiling-high archway will be designed to allow guests to interact with music. It is constructed from 500 recycled loudspeakers that are soldered together as an “active” public sound sculpture. The electromagnetic signals from recycled radios produce a low-level “white noise” into which local spectators can add their own tunes and pre-recorded messages. The sculpture is also conceived as a full-blown interactive sound sculpture where participants can play guitar and add their voices via bluetooth technology.

500 recycled loudspeakers, one 24-channel mixing board, 10 amplifiers, 10 recycled receivers, 10 recycled cassette players/ “ghetto blasters”, 10 DVD/CD players.

Sound: low-volume multi-acoustic  white noise (white noise = electromagnetic sound waves change according to weather, time, radio stations and frequencies) mixed with “oldie” tunes.

Also the public can call up the sculpture via a local telephone number and talk through it “live” for 3 minutes with their telephones or use their smart phones to play create tunes.

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