Autocatalysis for Kyma and Live Audience


Nothing happens without your input. When you contribute input into the complex system, the results can sometimes inspire and energize you to create even more input. Create, listen, then respond.

A chemical reaction is said to be autocatalytic if the product of the reaction is itself a catalyst for that reaction. What keeps the process from blowing up is the rapid consumption of the initial reactants. The nonlinearilty of autocatalytic reactions sometimes results in the spontaneous generation of temporal and spatial patterns.

This piece creates auditory autocatalytic reactions using a Brusselator model (where the audience controls the levels of the chemicals) and dynamically-damped audio feedback. You, the audience, are collectively the performer.

This piece is dedicated to my father.