Vav Vavrek

Vav Vavrek

Vav Vavrek earned his MFA in Sculpture / 4D from California State University at Long Beach and is currently a PhD student in Media Study with the University at Buffalo where he is applying research into affect theory, crip technoscience, and physical computing to interactive artworks and live & virtual audio-visual performances. His artwork has received press from The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix New Times, the OC Art Blog, ABC News 15, and Arizona Highways TV. He currently lives in Almond, NY and works out of his home studio and his offices in Alfred and Buffalo.

Artist Location: Alfred, NY

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UnƧightly [Sound Poetry]


sublimeControl/subliminalControl started out as two distinct poems created from virtual modular synthesis patches in VCV Rack 2; constructed through sequencing the Surge XT Twist Oscillator, which includes a vocoder type virtual synth with a limited vocabulary. Processing of the poems led to integrating them into each other as an amalgamation; allowing the listeners to devour meaning while the audio devours itself. The growl was initially the word generate, now slowed to sublime rising growl with a rumbling echo, and all that remains from the first poem, Sublime Control. Subliminal Control consists of the words universal filter control alpha echo and the shimmering echoes that they create giving other words, including friend. All the sounds in this piece come from the words, their reverberations, and their temporal deconstructions, offering a meditative opportunity to consider the invisible controls applied to oneself and one’s life.

On-site Event June 4th

somber calls of the end times
A small intimate sculpture with a screen and headphones playing audio.

VBODOBV | dEvolution: Tech-knell


Proposed work as accepted for soundpedro 2021:
An excerpt from my ambient/experimental track, wormhole blues, with the Red/Green snake version of the visualizations. This 3min segment is from the middle of a 34 minute piece selected especially for soundpedro 2021. This audio piece was created with a Comdyna GP-6 analog computer patched to run a simple simulation of the gravitational spiral of a blackhole on an oscilloscope. The audio was recorded by splitting the x-coordinate cable and connecting it to an audio interface and recording some live manipulations of the control knobs of the analog computer which step through the differential equations possible solutions. I took these recordings and manipulated them with Audacity and Adobe Audition to produce the full Wormhole Blues track. The visuals were created by screen capturing a software oscilloscope displaying the audio and layering multiple captures in Adobe Premiere to produce the complicated multicolored patterns.

Red Snake Wormhole Blues
It is a minimalist composition with a video made from using the shape of the soundwaves. It is created with some edited session recordings of Vav performing with an analog computer running a patch which creates a simulation of a wormhole-like object. This computer is a Comdyna GP-6, electronic waste from a bygone era of electrical engineering principles taught with circuits instead of simulations. Vav splits the X/Y outputs to the the oscillscope from the GP-6 and splices X into the left channel and Y into the right channel of a DAW. The performance of this sound is controlled through modifying the potentiometer values that control the moment in the simulation of the differential equation and the compute time of the circuit. The droning of the piece is created through further digital slowing of the analog computer’s cycle [compute time control essentially creates a pulse width modulation, but with a limited range which I extended through use of the DAW.
The piece itself feels reminiscent of the wormhole initially simulated on the GP-6. It is a spiral that you continue falling into that is being constructed from the sounds of the aging electronic wasteland.

VavNet Installation 21
An installation work that is a continuation of the artist Duo VavNet’s installation experiences combining elements of video and sonic projections with woven sculptures that take on architectural qualities. In this installment, the lines of several variations of the video will be projected to play upon the woven element, while the harmonics of the droning sound play about the modified space occasionally resonating the weaving’s materials.

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