Ohm-My-God (2007-)


Ohm-My-God is a project to investigate ad hoc assemblies where chance wiring and promiscuous mixtures of basic components create circuitry before our very eyes and ears. Place two electrode plates into, say, a kitchen bowl with each plate connected to a low voltage battery terminal. Pour in arbitrary components: resistors, capacitors, transistors, diodes, lengths of bare wire. Sample the current at selected spots of the mixture with a conductive probe. To keep with the domestic theme, I use a knife or fork or spoon or egg-whisk. Stir the mixture (or maybe agitate it with a Victorian Synthesizer beneath). Run the circuit from probe to whatever you wish to intervene upon with random circuitry: as a control voltage for synthesis or to be amplified so that the electricity through the circuit can be heard direct (electrically buffer through, say, a guitar effects pedal to avoid shocks). Try more than one probe to sample from more than one spot. Five probes for home theatre applications, perhaps.

Study One For Random Circuits by J. M. Bowers

Study One For Random Circuits features four receptacles of random components, each attached to a guitar distortion or boost pedal. The piece was improvised by mixing between the four sets of random circuits and manually shaking the circuits up from time to time.

See also Bowers, J. M. and Yaremchuk, V. (2007) The Priority of the Component, or In Praise of Capricious Circuitry. Leonardo Music Journal, Volume 17, p.39.