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*Installation pieces composed by former Pan Sonic member Ilpo Väisänen and sound artist Radboud Mens* Composed Nature: "The installation Composed Nature, developed for the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst Dordrecht, consists of a matrix of 64 trees. Controllable, mechanical vibrators are mounted on each individual tree and are operated by custom made software. The sound of each tree can vary from a barely audible noise to a heavy "Green noise", thereby offering different sound textures to be played. To play the trees, many spatial sonic patterns have been programmed, and a musical composition called "Shiver Me Timbers" has been written. The piece is shown as an installation, and enables visitors to activate patterns via their mobile phones interactively. What is left unspoken is who is in control: nature, mankind or technology." Yokomono Pro by Staalplaat Soundsystem, composed by Ilpo Väisänen "Yokomono-Pro, originally developed for the Indian Khoj - International Artists Association in New Dehli, questions horn noise as a social sound and communication. The incredible volume and size of Indian traffic and the sound it produces, is our inspiration for this project. Their communication language seems to be spoken with the horn; signalling with it everything needed - much the way we use indicator lights in Europe. We seek to intercept this phenomenon of car signalling and overlay it within a so-called meaningful structure. We hired 30 auto rickshaws, called tuck-tucks. Then prepared them technically in order to remotely take over control of their horns. This enables us to synchronously play rhythmic patterns as they drive along a pre-determined route. Using the taxis with their horns as a choir, it forms a combination of voice patterns and dynamic spatial movements which in turn create an undetermined sound choreography. This car horn experiment hope to engage on a large scale with the relationship between discrete signals among generalised noise in public space. The piece premiered at the India Art summit in New Delhi, India, in August 2008."