This event is a part of the 1996 Electronic Arts Festival.
The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 4, p. 8, March/April 1996:
Vancouver composer/musician Matt Rogalsky will create a performance installation called “Sparks”, during which the Western Front will be transformed into a series of sonic environments containing sounds which are all linked; the longer a visitor stays, the more these links become apparent. To create this new listening experience, Rogalsky will use original software, influenced by David Tudor’s new neural network controlled synthesizer, Box 2. The premise of the work, says Rogalsky, is to make a closed system of events which trigger each other in a chain reaction, something akin to what goes on inside the neural network chip of Tudor’s Box 2. Each “neuron” has an associated pitch; when one of these is played, it sends a charge to two others. Thus, the system can produce cascades of notes from a simple chain reaction, with individual “neurons” charged by input from a Pitchrider listening to Rogalsky playing single strings on an autoharp. “I had an image of the chain-reaction flurries of notes as sparks stirred up by prodding a fire,” says Rogalsky. The installation includes a fascinating light show, videos and samples. Matt Rogalsky will be Artist-in-Residence at the Western Front in March and April, during which he will be developing computer interactive tools.