Geert Jan Hobijn from Staalplaat Sound System has been our practitioner in residence the past week or two, and filed the following report after the second round of water testing:
At times up I was working on Plastic Souls.
The sonification of the plastic waste that floats in the water .
We construct a series floating musical instruments which are entirely made of these ‘adapted’ plastic bottles.
In Linz in the Donau I build and tested a new prototype that can work in a river environment, using the energy of the current . So I build a star shaped vertical axe turbine, that will spin/rotate in the river that way it can play flutes of made of the plastic river waste.
I stayed at times up longer then expected for it was more complex then I anticipated (as usual).
it was great to work here, lots of knowledge and all the tools I can dream of,
plus one two or more , that can give you a hand when needed.
The prototype is made of material that I found at Times up, so a wrecked parasol and transformed in a floating turbine, I used containers that I found to make it spin and to make the flutes. When put in the river is did spin and the flutes did play.
Only they play by the waves not the spinning, for it spins too slow, and it spins too slow becouse the object was to heavy and or too big.
My conclusion is: the concept is correct, but I should have build small models and different ones, instead of this single big one.
Anyway the parasol was big and beautiful, no regrets. its like a lab you do test to get information, not success, and i know what to do next.
It has been great having Geert Jan here, an irregular guest but one who has been kind enough to return every few years to talk about survival tactics, to play at events or just to visit when he has been close. We look forward to the next visit, and further reports on the Plastic Souls.