Cryptic/Robbie Thomson | XFRMR
Physics boring? Of course not! In 1891 physicist Nikola Tesla invented the Tesla coil. In the coil current is generated under high frequency which then discharges in sparks in spectacular fashion. Scottish artist Robbie Thomson discovered a way to use the ever-changing flashes of lightning generated by the apparatus to make music. In his show XFRMR the Tesla coil plays the undisputed leading role. Discharges create strong beats and exciting sounds, while beautiful projected video images in turn respond to the music. Physics has rarely been at the foundation of such an exciting and musical assault on our senses, which is the case with XFRMR.
Warning: Due to loud music and lightning flashes in XFRMR, wearing hearing protection is recommended for small children.
“The Tesla Coil took on a life of its own, it appeared animalistic, alive and active... the coil’s horns of electricity revealed the true personality of technology, as powerful, perilous and unquestionably, natural.”
Concept and performance | Robbie Thomson
A Cryptic Commission for Sonica in cooperation with Cove Park, with support of Creative Scotland.