At the heart of Samson Young’s exhibition is an ambitious collaboration with Next Generation Sound Synthesis research group who has developed a pioneering software to generate the sound of virtual instruments.
A new series of installations entitled Possible Music, 2018 – ongoing, are borne from this encounter, the artist composing music for instruments that do not exist in reality. Possible Music #2, commissioned for the exhibition at Talbot Rice Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art, pushes the parameters of this technology by orchestrating the effects of scale, temperature and force. How would a bugle sound, for instance, if it was activated by the fiery breath of a dragon, superheated to 300 degrees Celsius? Within Young’s 16 channel sound garden, a field of speakers sprout towards the cupolas overhead, while mixed media sculptural forms allude to a colossal, oversized trumpet emerging from the carpeted earth. This impossible rendition is complimented by a new body of work on paper, colorful, textured graphic scores.