‘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 will develop 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 will be shown as an installation in the Gallery throughout the two day festival. On the 21st October Felix and Plaid will perform original new scores with the machines and create an ambient mixture of sound , light and machinery that will dazzle and excite the ENLIGHTEN Bury audience in the stunning gallery spaces of the Art Museum prior to their headline concert in Bury's Parish Church.
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.