iMac music

Jonathan Reus

2013 - 2014

iMac Music is an audiovisual performance using early iMac G3 computers as recycled instruments. The computers run software routines as visual distortions are created on-screen through live-hacking of the circuitry. Using fine-tipped sound amplifying probes, performers are playing the circuits, seeking the acoustic signatures of computation.

The performance expresses a radical disregard for culturally valued tech objects, and celebrates the moment in the hype cycle of consumer technology where it becomes practically possible for artists to begin the empowering process of material reappropriation and destructive modification. The iMacs used in these performances were purchased for no more than €25 from their previous owners, who are mostly artists and designers.

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