Singing Sand

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SINGING SAND was inspired by the sonic potential of abstract 3D computer graphics. The central element of the composition is a physics based visual material whose movement is sonified in real-time. The piece explores how various particle fluctuations, tensions or shape morphing sound like, what internal rhythms do they create and how that affects our perception of the visuals in return.

Sand resembling visual particles are sonified by mapping their individual velocities to various parameters of individual grains inside a custom made granular synthesiser. At the same time the velocities determine the colours of the particles which together creates a spectrum of colours and sounds. This results in perceptually tight audiovisual bonds which is a crucial element of this piece as the composition focuses on the gestural qualities of the audiovisual material.

The aim of the composition was to explore how such audiovisual material could function in a free audiovisual paradigm and also how to meaningfully force it onto the grid of harmony and metric rhythm. In the later case the material created liquid grooves on top of dub-tech influenced fixed rhythmic elements as well as ever changing spectral swirls that emerged from cross-breeding an original noisy and non- stable sound source with a pitch-based material.

The piece represents an attempt to compose from within an audiovisual paradigm where every compositional decision came as a consequence of cross-fertilisation between both modalities.

Mentors: Alexander Harker and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay


LPM 2018 Rome
  • 07.06.18 | June 7 - 10, 2018 | Rome Italy


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Technical rider

  • Duration: 13 min.
  • Type: AV Performance
Minimum requirements:

projector: HD 1920x1080 NATIVE resolution 6000 lumen

Connects to:

2x mono big jack (1/4 TRS)
HDMI or Mini Display Port


Registered by
13 April 2017
27 August 1981

  • Slovenia Bradford


Tadej Droljc is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the field of electronic music, audiovisual composition, sound for picture and intermedia art. His work mainly consists of composing, sound design, sound visualisation, image sonification, programming musical and audiovisual instruments and effects or designing and programming systems for interactive/intermedia installations. In the past he was also working as a musical journalist on a radio for 9 years. At the moment he is focusing on a non-hierarchical audiovisual composition based on real-time audiovisual objects where the lines between mentioned segments of production are completely blurred. His audiovisual research is being funded by Slovenian Ministry of Culture and University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) where he was awarded Dennis Smalley scholarship for electronic music and where he’s currently teaching and pursuing a doctorate. In 2017 Tadej won a Most Promising Video Artist Award at the Madatac festival in Madrid with his work Capillaries (which should not be confused with Capillaries Capillaries).

In recent years Tadej collaborated or executed projects for institutions or individuals such as Mini Teater, Radio Študent, POP TV, Kiberpipa, K4, Rampa Lab, IRZU (Institute for Sonic Research), Saša Spačal, Martin Bricelj Baraga, Bright Visuals, Rotonda Museum, ...

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