This artwork is a tribute to the ideas of American quantum physicist Nick Herbert who created in 70s the apparatus “Metaphase Typewriter” and “Metaphone” speech synthesizer. It was one of the first attempts to implement the phenomenon of quantum entanglement. Herbert was using the radioactive tallium, radiation of which was registered by Geiger counter. Several psychics were taking part in the experiments, in order to attempt influencing the endless flow of accidental anagrams produced by the typewriter, or summon the “ghostly voice” from the metaphone. Experimental devices never confirmed his hypotheses, and excessive preoccupation with the metaphysics lead to loss of scientific interest to the ideas of quantum communication.
Metaphase soundmachine is an object consisting of 6 rotating discs. Each of them is equipped with sound emitter (speaker) and microphone. Each microphone is connected through computer and rotating axis with speakers on the discs. In the center there is installed the Geiger counter which registers radioactive particles in the environment. Quantity of the particles influences the speed of rotation of each disc. The sound is synthesized based on the feedback, when the phases of discs rotation coincide. Additional harmonic processing, as well as inconsistency of dynamic system lead to endless variations of sound. The form of the object refers to the generally accepted symbolic notation of quantum entanglement as a biphoton – crossing discs of the orbits.
Image rights: photo by Yuri Palmin
The project is co-commissioned by FutureEverything and Laboratoria Art&Science Space