Sound Circuit is an interactive wall-mounted web of electronic circuits removed from sound-emitting toys. Each one is mounted on a base and equipped with motion and light triggering devices, causing each toy to momentarily switch on in no particular pattern. The overall effect is of a hectic, specialized soundscape made up of fragmentary, intermittent, yet recognizable snippets of cell phone/Toys R Us sound samples. What first appears to be an incomprehensible maze of wires and circuits, in time reveals a narrative sequence of causes and effects in which sonic and visual information are inextricably intertwined.
Michael Waterman is a visual and audio artist whose work focuses on installation and performance. His installations have been featured at California State University (Long Beach), Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph), Peterborough Art Gallery, and Sound Symposium (St. John's, Newfoundland). With his audio art trio Mannlicher Carcano, he broadcasts weekly, live improvisations linking Los Angeles, Winnipeg, Peterborough, and Guelph (www.cfru.ca), and has released several recordings. Mannlicher Carcano has performed at Sound Symposium, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and Beyond Baroque Gallery in Los Angeles. Michael recently completed his M.F.A. at the University of Guelph.