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MSHR: /systemArchitecture

20 April 2020 - 30 June 2020

This composition uses feedback and randomization in nested functions to construct a system of self-transforming sonic structures. The piece is in dialog with digital sculpture, sharing a procedural approach and a concern for shifting scales of synthetic perspective. The listener is invited to consider sound events as both sculptural and environmental. The title “/sytemArchitecture” refers to this formal quality and also reflects how the piece explores the framework provided by SuperCollider, the software in which it was composed

MSHR is the art collective of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. The duo collaboratively builds and explores systems composed of sound, light, sculpture, software and circuitry. Their practice is a self-transforming cybernetic entity with its outputs patched into its inputs, the resulting emergent form serving as its navigational system. These outputs primarily take the form of installations and performances that integrate interface design with generative systems and a distinctive formalist approach. MSHR’s name is a modular acronym, designed to hold varied ideas over time. MSHR emerged from the art collective Oregon Painting Society in 2011 in Portland, Oregon, USA. They have previously been residents at Cashmere Radio (documentation of that work can be found here and here) and have presented work at Cashmere Radio’s contribution to the GROUPS exhibition at KV Braunschweig.

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