Found Sound Discovery

Found Sound Discovery is an interactive sound installation that explores real-time physical (analog) sounds and time-manipulated (digital) sounds from eight found objects. In essence it is an experimental instrument that invites to be played with.

Through making movements with the found metal and wood objects, the interactor triggers long sound samples of the objects. The samples are played back at different time speeds, consequently changing pitches, depending on timing and motions. As the movements are hardly replicated and the periodic time of the samples is over 30 seconds, the installation produces every time new surprising patterns of sounds.

The sense of control is tested when instant repetitive results are not directly to be expected through our interaction with this installation. Due to apparent delay times and the discovered found sounds, one may wonder how we experience control as a consequence. Through the interaction the conceptual question ‘who is playing what’ arises. Are the interactors playing the machine, or is the machine playing with the interactors and their expectations?

credit: Tom Mesic

Robin Weijers’ practice-based research questions the social consequences and ethics of advancing technologies. He uses video art and interactive installations to find how the digital and the analog worlds relate to each other. Are these domains becoming further apart and where are these still in conjunction? What does it mean for us to be human when digital interfaces and its respective powerful technologies become omnipresent in our lives?

Robin Weijers has a MA in Visual Arts in Fine Art Digital (University of the Arts London, Camberwell College) and a MSc in Electrical Engineering (University of Technology in Delft).


The installation was exhibited at Ars Electronica in Linz Austria from 5th – 9th of September 2019.