Sound sculptures

Sergey Filatov creates sound sculptures, discovering new principles of sound production and experimenting with the sound direction in space. His works combine engineering and robotization on the one hand, and on the other hand – the desire to reveal philosophical ideas, meditativeness or sensuality .

The artist designs forms with new technological functionality and metaphysical properties, transforming the components of specialized equipment, reincarnating their sound potecial in the purpose of the element of the work of art:
  • the ship's gyrocompass reincarnated in the body of the sound sculpture "Interpreter" and "RandomTala"
  • radiators of cooling systems stay sound sources in the "Platosonus"
  • quartz disks from telescopes reveal their acoustic properties in the sculpture "Parallel touch"

As on an important artistic goal the author sees on the disclosure the acoustic properties of materials: glass and quartz, brass, aluminum, seeds of plant cultures, etc.


From time to time Sergey Filatov created sound sculptures for certain urban spaces, places in the natural environment or within large industrial machinery:
  • the sound sculpture "SeedShaker" created to accommodate a 6-metre arch of apartment house (Saint Petersburg, 2018)
  • "ElectroLire" was created as a source of multichannel soundscape inside a large hyperbaric chamber to check the wires (Saint Petersburg, 2017)
  • considering the unusual acoustics of the gigantic cylinder of the refrigerating chamber for grapes, it was built inside a sound ensemble of the sound generators named "Cold treatment"; the ceiling height was 6 meters, diameter was 5 meters (Myskhako, 2013)
In some cases construction of sound sculptures transfigure into creating the sound architecture: large-scale art project SonoContour.

In Sergey Filatov's artworks there is an integral approach, including the principles of site specificity, science art, recycle art, sound art and experimental music.
Harmonic presence
algorithmic sound sculpture

The devices feature is contact and non-contact sound extraction principles. For more than seven years Sergey Filatov has been conducting experiments with alternative methods of sound extraction on string instruments. One of the discoveries was the non-contact effect on strings by means of alternating magnetic fields. Later, based on this principle, the musical instrument "DuoFluctus" appeared. It was presented this year at the main program of the 58th Venice Biennale. The meditative sound canvas is woven from a plucked pattern in combination with overtone clouds - a combination of sounds without a certain pitch.

Equipment: controller, stepper motor, speaker, magnetic sensor, effects processor, sound amplifier
Materials: aluminum, steel, brass, rubber, plastic, textolite
Year created: 2015 – 2019


Participant of the exhibition project "Oscillating superstructure": Electromuseum, Moscow, 2019
Parallel Touch
kinetic sound installation: spatial version

Twenty technological devices are distributed in the exposition space like metronomes containing moments of natural irregularity in their rhythm. Glass balls form a meditative rhythmic pattern as a result of contact with quartz discs, revealing the acoustic properties of the material.

Equipment: DC motors with a reducer, controller
Materials: quartz, glass, steel and plexiglas
Year created: 2019


Participant of the solo exhibition project "SonoContour: sound architecture", Erarta contemporary art museum (St. Petersburg, 2019)


Shining from Within
spatial audio-light installation

A multichannel algorithmic real-time composition forms a sound texture negotiated with light flashes. Sound generators are elements of cooling equipment whose electromagnetic emissions are converted into audible range.

Equipment: controller, magnetic sensor, fan, sound amplifier, speaker, motor shield, LEDs
Materials: aluminum, plexiglass
Year created: 2019


Participant of the exhibition project "Oscillating superstructure", Electromuseum (Moscow, 2019)


Subtle Сonnection
percussion installation

Quadrophonic music composition recorded in the low-frequency range is played back via four speakers. The frequency range involved is unheard by the human ear. Plexiglass bowls contain thin aluminium plates in various shapes and sizes. They build acoustic interaction by changing the amplitude of motion.

Equipment: sound module, sound amplifier, speaker
Materials: steel, plexiglass, aluminum
Year created: 2019


Participant of the exhibition "Oscillating superstructure": Electromuseum (Moscow, 2019);
solo exhibition project SonoContour: COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019), LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)


Long Wave: 150-400
algorithmic radio installation

The sound texture of the work is based on the spectrum of radio frequencies in the range of 150-400 kHz. Objects interact with each other using the language of clicks and hums. The search and broadcast of radio signal takes place in real time. The range of frequencies and the panorama of acoustic orientation are defined by commands of the controller in random numbers mode.

Equipment: radio, controller, servo, speaker
Materials: plexiglass, MDF, steel, textolite
Year created: 2018


Participant of the exhibition project "Oscillating superstructure", Electromuseum, Moscow, 2019


Rotator – 3
algorithmic sound sculpture

The rhythmic soundscape is formed by moving a permanent magnet over three coils with metal cores. The speed of rotation of the bar with a fixed magnet is determined by the controller commands. As a result, the coils produce a voltage of 100 - 500 mV. The signal passes through the cascade amplification and is distributed into three equidistant dynamics in the form of a triangle.

Equipment: DC motor, controller, magnetic pickups, sound amplifiers, speakers
Materials: aluminum, steel, plastic, neodymium magnet
Year created: 2018


This sound sculpture exists in a single copy in the collection of COMEL Galllery (Italy).

Participant of the exhibition projects Performative Sound Sculptures (IAC, Sweden), ImyaRek (Museum PERMM)


Among the resonance
percussion algorithmic installation
The two solenoids obey the controller commands and create a rhythmic pattern. They make beats on two parallel plates. At this time, 19 auxiliary plates are in resonance at different pitch. The behavior of the solenoids is given a random principle.

Equipment: controller, solenoids, relays
Materials: aluminum, steel
Created: 2019


The participant of the exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)
Satellite. Searching for a coordinate system
algorithmic sound sculpture
Technological object feature of which is the automated recording and playback of the acoustic environment in real time. Panning the sound in space is carried out by rotating the device around its own axis.
Process control module - Arduino controller.

Equipment: controller, relay, recording module, speaker, LEDs
Materials: aluminum, steel, plexiglass
Year of creation: 2019


The participant of the exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)
Parallel touch – 3
kinetic sound sculpture
This sculpture is a kind of metronome, containing in its rhythm moments of natural irregularity. Impartially and non-stop, as drops of water, it counts the periods of growth and withering, trajectories of a cycle of luminaries, the moments of expectation and execution.
Aluminum disks are located in parallel horizontal planes. Metal balls as a result of contact with the discs form an uneven meditative rhythmic pattern, revealing the acoustic properties of the material.

Equipment: DC motors with reducer
Materials: aluminum, steel, plexiglass
Created: 2019


The participant of the exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)
Tight sails
spatial sound installation
Sheets of aluminium are singing under the influence of the motor-eccentrics. Pitch and timbral color are determined by the degree of tension of the rope, which pulls the opposite edges of the sheets. The vibration frequency of the motors is controlled by software.

Equipment: eccentric motors, controller
Materials: aluminum, steel
Created: 2019


The participant of the solo exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019),
Erarta contemporary art museum (St. Petersburg, 2019)
Upward flow
algorithmic sound sculpture
This sound sculpture reflects the experimental practice of the artist and composer in the field of sound waves and rhythmology. It is a technological sound object that creates authentic percussion generation.
The sound characteristics of each module are determined by the volume of water in the glass tube, as well as the number and speed of air masses. By placing a measured amount of liquid in a vessel, the author determines the pitch of the sound in an empty space with water. The finest sound textures are built inside the flask due to the vertical movement of air bubbles. Highly sensitive microphones mounted on servos, shifting according to a given algorithm, occupy their position above the epicenter of the sound event.

Materials: glass, water, steel, aluminum
Equipment: controller, stepper motor, compressor, servo, speaker system, condenser microphones
Year of creation: 2019


Participant of exhibition projects "Tibet – infinity of silence": East Meets West gallery (Moscow, 2019)
solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019)
Quintet. Around own axis
algorithmic percussion installation
Spatial acoustic pattern is built as a result of rotation of five-petalled radiators around its own axis. All five radiators are in contact with the fixed plectrums.
The composition is developed according to the prescribed algorithm.

Equipment: controller, stepper motor
Materials: aluminum, copper, steel
Created: 2019


The participant of the solo exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)
The contour of the Time
algorithmic sound sculpture
Two steel balls move along a defined circular trajectory. Stepper motors move brackets with permanent magnets according to the controller commands. The sound pattern is formed by the contact of two materials: steel and aluminum.
The characteristics of the sound change under the influence of various attraction of the plate and balls during the movement.

Equipment: controller, stepper motor, neodymium magnets
Materials: aluminum, steel
Created: 2019


The participant of the exhibition project SonoContour :
COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019),
LEINE contemporary art gallery (Hannover, Germany, 2019)
Long wave: 150-400 kHz
algorithmic sound sculpture
The sound texture is based on captured radio frequencies in the range of 150-400 kHz.
Objects communicate with each other using the language of clicks and hum.
The frequency range and the panorama are determined according to the controller commands in random mode.

Equipment: AM radio, controller, servo and speaker
Created: 2018


Participant of the exhibition projects "Private life of radio frequencies":
Popov Central Museum of communication (St. Petersburg, 2018),
"ProToArt": Manege central exhibition hall (St.Petersburg, 2018),
"The Name of the Rivers": PERMM contemporary art museum (Perm, 2018)
Rotator-4
interactive quadrophonic sound device
Quadrophonic sound device "Rotator-4" in the interactive version.

Year of creation: 2019

Participant of the exhibition projects "The Art of Being": National center for contemporary art (Moscow, 2019),
solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019)
ClickingCoil
algorithmic sound sculpture
The formation process of a sound polyrhythmic structure is determined by the change of the magnetic field in the wire coils with steel cores. The moving elements of the device are in contact with the coil cores, the sequence of this process is run by the controller. According to the set mode, the relay in real time delivers to the coil voltage from 24 to 220 V.

Equipment: controller, coils and relay
Materials: steel, aluminum, wood and plastic
Created: 2018


Participant of the exhibition project "Performative sound sculptures": the GROUND gallery and the SA_gallery in Electromuzeum (Moscow, 2018)
SonoContour
percussion algorithmic sound sculpture
The character of SonoContour sound is similar to temple bells or Tibetan bowls. The acoustic properties of the materials are revealed as a result of the contact of the moving structural elements with the Central hemispheres. Four Nickel silver bowls statically mounted on the same axis. The sound of each of them differs in timbral characteristics and pitch. The dynamic part of the installation is controlled according to the controller commands according to the specified algorithm.

Materials: glass, steel, aluminum, nickel silver, plastic
Equipment: controller, stepper motor
Created: 2018


Participant of the exhibition of sound sculptures "Spatium Sonorum": Annenkirche (St. Petersburg, 2018),
"Fructus Temporum": Hortus contemporary art gallery and NCCA (Moscow, 2018),
solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019)
Orpheus. Song to whales
algorithmic sound sculpture
Music is born as a result of the influence of the magnetic field on the strings stretched in the vertical position. An alternating magnetic field is formed by changing the speed of rotation of the flywheel with neodymium magnets. The speed control of the DC motor is carried out with controller.
Created: 2016

Participant in a multimedia exhibition "Technoart. Open source art": Electromuseum (Moscow, 2016),
"Presence/ Touch": Kuryokhin contemporary art center (St.Petersburg, 2019)

The sound sculpture is in the collection of Kuryokhin contemporary art center.

The Winner in the nomination "The best media object" of the international Kuryokhin contemporary artAward.
SeedShaker
spatial sound installation
Balls with seeds come to oscillation under the influence of vibration created by built-in motors-eccentrics. The frequency of vibration is determined by the controller. The sound of each bowl there is a differentiation in timbre and volume through a variety of filling: sunflower seeds, coffee beans, nuts etc.

Equipment: controller, eccentric motors, motion sensor
Year of creation: 2018


Participant of the exhibition projects: Art Prospekt international public art festival (St.Petersburg, 2018),
"The Name of the Rivers": PERMM contemporary art museum (Perm, 2018)
"Fructus Temporum": Hortus contemporary art gallery and NCCA (Moscow, 2018),
solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019)

Finalist of the Kuryokhin contemporary art Award in the nomination "The best media object" 2018 (short-list)
Parallel touch
kinetic sound sculpture
Two quartz discs are arranged in parallel horizontal planes. As a result of contact with the discs, the glass balls form a meditative rhythmic pattern.

Equipment: DC motors with a reducer
Materials: quartz, glass, steel and plexiglas
Year of creation: 2017


Participant of the sound sculptures show by Sergey Filatov at the Hermitage General Staff Building within the Intellectual marathon of the International cultural forum (St. Petersburg 2017),
"Fructus Temporum": Hortus contemporary art gallery and NCCA (Moscow, 2018),
solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019)
Platosonus
percussion sound sculpture
Constantly changing sound is formed as a result of the action of suspended motors-eccentrics on the plates of radiators.

Year of creation 2017

This sound sculpture exists in a single copy in the collection of COMEL Galllery (Italy)

Participant of the sound sculptures show by Sergey Filatov within the Intellectual marathon of the International cultural forum: the Hermitage General Staff Building (St. Petersburg 2017),
the solo exhibition project SonoContour: COMEL contemporary art gallery (Latina, Italy, 2019)

The Winner of the XIII international Prize of contemporary art "Premio COMEL 2018" (Italy)
Repercussion
spatial kinetic percussion installation
Triptych of three steel plates is transformed into a broad-spectrum sound generator. Each sheet through a system of levers and cables according to a given algorithm touches several steel plates of different lengths. The rhythmic pattern is built in the process of interaction of the three modules.

Equipment: stepper motors, controllers
Materials: steel sheets
Year of creation: 2017


The participant of exhibition project "Fructus Temporum": Hortus contemporary art gallery and NCCA (Moscow, 2018),
RandomTala
spatial sound installation
The name is derived from 'random' and 'tala' (sanskr.) - rhythm.

12 vertically stretched strings in real time form a non-repeating rhythmic pattern in space. Rotating around its own axis, the flywheel shifts three plectrums along a circular trajectory. The rotation speed and direction of movement is set to random numbers.

The sound of each of the twelve strings has its continuation in a multi-channel speaker system distributed in the space of the room. Due to the psychoacoustic property of the human auditory system to perceive the phantom image between the sound signals coming from different sides, there is a formation of a single sound image.

In a multi-channel installation, a person feels the sound space, its spaciousness, fullness and transparency in more detail.

Equipment: Arduino controller, stepper motor and strings
Materials: steel, brass, ebonite and graphite
Year of creation: 2017


The participant of the solo exhibition "SonoContour: sound architecture": Erarta contemporary art museum (St.Petersburg, 2019),
"Jung's map of the soul": The Ground Gallery (Moscow, 2018),
"ProToArt": Manege Central exhibition hall (St.Petersburg, 2018),
"Here and now": Manege Central exhibition hall (Moscow, 2018),
"Between Heaven and Earth": East Meets West Gallery (Moscow, 2019)

ElectroLire
spatial sound installation
Five pairs of vertically stretched strings oscillate under the influence of an alternating magnetic field, generating microtonal harmonic sound waves. The speed of rotation of the flywheels is determined by the controller commands.

Equipment: controller, DC motors, magnetic pickups and strings
Materials: aluminum and steel
Year of creation: 2017–2019


Participant of the international project WaterFront (Saint Petersburg-Helsinki-Copenhagen, 2017),
solo exhibition "ElectroLire": Solyanka gallery (Moscow, 2018),
sound performance "Nebula. Octophonie": Stanislavsky Electrotheatre (Moscow, 2019)

MDC quartet
percussion installation
The percussion composition is created in real time on the basis of the interaction of four DC motors with plates attached to the flywheels made of textolite.

Equipment: DC motors, steel platform (base), plates of PCB and steel, controller
Year of creation: 2016


Participant of the international forum of contemporary art "Aposition XII" (St. Petersburg, 2016)
Station "Impulse – 3"
kinetic sound installation
Constantly changing sound pattern is born from the material itself: acoustic properties of aluminum alloys are revealed as a result of interaction with suspended elements of the composition. Objects are driven by DC motors that are powered by the controller in random numbers.
Year of creation: 2015

The sound sculpture is in the collection of Kuryokhin contemporary art center.

Participant of contemporary art festival CROSS ART: Erarta contemporary art museum (St. Petersburg, 2015),
solo exhibition "Shape of the moment": Museum of nonconformist art (St. Petersburg, 2015),
"TechnoArt. The art of open source": Electromuseum (Moscow, 2015),
"Presence/ Touch": Kuryokhin contemporary art center (St.Petersburg, 2019)

Finalist of the Kuryokhin contemporary art Award in the nomination "The best work of visual art" 2015 (short-list)
Interpreter
robotic sound device
Its peculiarity is in playing the material from two tracks at the same time. As a result, two mono tracks with different content are heard. In random mode pickups change their location relative to the plane of the disk, obeying the commands of the controller. The body of the player is made from the central part of the ship's gyrosphere.

Year of creation: 2017

Participant of the sound sculptures show by Sergey Filatov within the Intellectual marathon of the International cultural forum: the Hermitage General Staff Building (St. Petersburg 2017),
the 7th international festival of audiovisual and digital art PLUMS FEST (Moscow 2017),
"SOUNDART: space of sound" and the festival of science and art "Protoart": Central exhibition hall "Manege" (St. Petersburg, 2017),
the international popular science festival of modern technologies, science and art GEEK PICNIC (St. Petersburg and Moscow, 2017)