Ranjit Bhatnagar is a sound artist who works with technology, language, and found materials to create interactive installations and musical instruments. His works have been exhibited across the United States and in Europe and appeared in performances as far away as Shanghai. In an annual project, he creates a new homemade musical instrument each day of the month of February — the Instrument-a-day project is now in its sixth year.
Ranjit participated in phase one of Dithyrambalina, The Music Box, creating the Noise floor. Based on Japanese nightingale floors, this instrument allowed visitors to play tuned squeaks and creaks by jumping on floating floor boards. Ranjit is one of the sound artists who will be inventing more instruments of musical architecture for the forthcoming phases of Dithyrambalina.
This summer, Ranjit worked with the art collectives Flux Factory and Rabid Hands to build a large-scale musical installation at the Palais de Tokyo Museum in Paris this summer. His interactive sound work Singing Room for a Shy Person, commissioned by Amsterdam’s Métamatic Research Initiative, premiered at NYC’s Clocktower Gallery this Spring, and moved to the Jean Tinguely Museum in Basel, Switzerland in October 2013 for the exhibition Métamatic Reloaded. He’ll be performing in the Uncaged Toy Piano Festival and in Qubit’s Machine Music Festival this winter, and building an outdoor sound sculpture for the Caramoor Center’s sound art festival in the spring.
A quick walkthrough of the Concert Hall Installation at the Palais de Tokyo.
Curated by Jean Barberis in collaboration with Georgia Muenster.
With work by
Ranjit Bhatnagar, Frédéric Durieu, Julien Gasc, Rabid Hands (Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, Andrew Schrock, VnessWolfCHild and Ben Wolf), Sunita Prasad, maya.rouvelle and Nick Yulman.
Music in this video is “Things are Other Things” by Nick Yulman.
My work there included automatic guitar, accordion, toy piano, etc.
Short documentary on phase 1 of Dithyrambalina (2011-12), a big collaborative sound sculpture shantytown in New Orleans. My main contribution, a spring-suspended, sound-activating floor, appears in the opening of the video.
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Introduction to the Instrument-a-day project. Each year since 2008 I’ve built a new homemade musical instrument every day in February. It’s a sort of ritual, a challenge to myself, and a performative improvisation. The main rule: no planning ahead. Nearly all of the instruments are conceived, designed, built / programmed / hacked, and documented in a single day. (Many of them are also destroyed in the same day!)
Every single instrument is documented at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranjit/collections/72157627384812764/