An orchestrated group of automobiles re-envisions mechanical motion as dance, syncing music with hydraulics.
An Albuquerque parking lot played host to a synchronized dance and music routine performed by automobiles that included hydraulics, a wireless audio system, and a DJ.
Officially called “Symphony 505,” which is a reference to one of New Mexico’s two area codes, the performance was part of ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness. The musical rendition circled cars together and orchestrated hydraulic movements with beats compliments of a DJ and a singer adding live vocals to the mix. Music for the sound systems was controlled by a remote DJ and was complete with horn honking, revved engines and hydraulic rhythms, transforming the low-riders into both musical instrument and dancers. Prior to the performance, the audience was invited to “play” the cars as electronic instruments.
Symphony 505 is an Albuquerque-based project that brings together two commissioned artists, Christopher Marianetti and Mary Margaret Moore, and a community of lowriders.
See video from the performance below: