Cymphon is a quadrophonic installation for four bespoke speakers, drawing inspiration from the inventions of Maurice Martenot, the installation works of Steve Reich, and the musical works of Olivier Messiaen and La Monte Young.
Based closely on Maurice Martenot's 'Metallique' speakers, used with the ondes Martenot; each Cymphon speaker cabinet has been handbuilt using reclaimed wood and holds a suspended cymbal. The cymbals assume the roles of speaker cones, vibrating by means of a small motor or 'exciter'.
By working with each speaker individually, audio materials designed to expose the characteristic resonances and behaviours of each cymbal are generated in real-time using software built in Max/MSP. A spacious and immersive sound-world is created as all four speakers sound simultaneously.