Pad Mouse Band

This sound installation is a system of connected devices, which are modified or triggered by white mice normally used in a laboratory. The audible result is completely dependant on the random actions of those animals. Data collected by various sensors are modified and then transferred into sound. Due to the systematic combination of random events the outcome is a non-human controlled musical composition.

The main topic of this work is to question the authorship of produced music. Who is the musician and composer in this setup? Mice?

The setup consists of technical devices like: an adapted KaossPad, a self-build mouse voice sampler, a mouse shadow synthesizer, a cannelloni microphone, a movement light barrier and a roll-up keyboard with a mouse ball. It looks deliberately like a small laboratory but the mice are not hurt or tortured in any way here.