‘Compositional Automata’ is a Curated Place commission supported by Arts Council England that combines research and development, live performance and festival platforms to complete the next step in the ever evolving project. Collaborating with seminal electronica group Plaid, Felix is developing a new dual functional machine that can be programmed by new composers and shown at festivals and exhibitions as a stand alone light and sound sculpture.
The work was shown as an installation at Bury Art Gallery throughout the two day festival. On the opening night Felix and Plaid performed original new scores using the machines to create ambient mixtures of sound , light and machinery that dazzled the ENLIGHTEN Bury audience in the stunning gallery space.
Felix Thorn builds machines for art installations, live performance, commercials, theatre accompaniment, and shop window displays. Felix specialises in de-constructing real-life objects and creating new experiences with movement, music and light.
Felix's Machines were initially conceived in an experiment aiming to facilitate live music by transforming sound into a three-dimensional visual show. As an ongoing project, the music-performing machines built by Felix do not intend to match human potential. Instead they exist to test the advantages of mechanical instruments alone.