“Duality” is an audiovisual installation piece that explores how universal and human opposing forces intersect to become the backbone of the chaotic yet harmonious balance of existence. Broadly divided in two parts “Cosmic Structures” and “Human Nature,” this piece stresses the reproducibility of essential organizing principles in both the individual and aggregate levels. Composed in four movements exploring the microcosmos contained in a single sound, “Duality” showcases an orchestration entirely created by processing the recordings of four words: “Ordnung” (Order), “Arajaakata” (Chaos), “Discord,” and “Kasik” (Peace). By building a tension between competing and complementary elements, “Duality” seeks to establish a direct rapport with the viewer in order to trigger a deep reflection on the inevitable contradictions embedded in our surroundings and ourselves.
On a technical level, each of the movements of “Duality” focuses on a different processing method, audio software, composition technique, and visual system. The selection criteria for assigning these specific mechanisms to each section correspond to the conceptual underpinnings provided by each of the chosen words in this project. In addition, “Duality” seeks to establish interdisciplinary artistic dialogues by engaging in collaboration with two visual artists. These various practices and strategies provide this work with further layers of complexity as well as creative meaning and depth.
“Duality” was premiered at the Multipurpose Technology Room B54 at Berklee College of Music, my colleague Armando Gonzales and me had to develop a Max for Live device that allowed us to run in real time the whole piece on the 3 screens and the 10.2 surround system already installed in the room.
The 10.2 mix down of the project was done in Ableton Live using the Dante Audio Networking interface. At the end of the process, a single Ableton Live session containing the 12 channels of sound and the Max for Live device running the video was created to play the entire piece.
A stereo, single screen mix down of the piece was created with the purpose of showcasing the piece without the need of a multichannel and multiscreen system.