I found myself thinking often about the notion of sound opposing to its non-existence, we sometimes call it silence. When you think of light you think of darkness, on so on many forces in nature or physics that complement each other by having this dual oppositions. To take off from light is maybe to dim it, to take off from sound is maybe to lower it or simplify it. we usually have a tendency when composing think of putting the notes together, adding… building a certain composition to reach a certain climax.. but what about the the down from the climax, the “Subtraction” of it? I got trapped in the notion of subtracting instead of adding. does it really exist? do we reach silence eventually when it ends? When you breath, you inhale but exhale something else in return… it’s a cycle that takes from the air and adds back to it continuously. One famous french chemist and philosopher called Lavoisier said:

“Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme”
Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.

My instrument is a sound transformer, it inhales sounds, and exhale a different one. when you inhale or subtract from a certain existent sound or composition you are changing it’s physical nature and transforming it  into something else.


A vacuum inhales. A hair dryer exhales.


“Polycephaly” terms used in mythology to describe a two-headed being.

A two headed Vacuum? maybe sexier.

Imagine it.


One head sucks/inhales the other head spits/exhales.

Went through a bunch of research and tutorials on how a vacuum works. Most importantly is that normally the trunk sucks because of a certain air flow, and it can spit if the air flow is reversed. I don’t need to add a trunk for the same vacuum, I thought maybe technically it’s easier to stick two vacuums together and hide them under the same cover box.

How vacuum works and how can we turn in to an instrument.

They actually have dust sensors that control the air flow and how much sucking needs to be put when sensing the dust.

Planning to see if these sensors can be hacked to generate music.

**** One project was made for Electrolux where they

Forget the Noise, Electrolux Introduces Vacuum That Plays Music


They used dust sensors and put them in the trunk to detect incoming dust and trigger a song.

My plan is to trigger songs… rather generate sounds, notes… when dust or particles enter (exactly sparkles and glitter) and spit them out from the other trunk generating a different sound.

The two trunks are how the instrument is controlled. They will be wired with sensors (different ones). Ones that detect dust, below some research done:

***Dsm501a Dust Sensor Allergic Smoke Particles Sensor Module For Air

***Laser PM2.5 Sensor Module Small Volume PM10 Air Quality Inspection Dust Tester

With arduin
***Sharp’s GP2Y1010AU0F is an optical air quality sensor.

Other sensor for the Trunk.

Accelometer to control the trunks and the sounds while i move them.

Staging it

colored sparkles and thin  black sand might be displayed in open boxes each alone. Once inhaled in the trunk they will be spit on a huge wall that has an adhesive transparent layer on top of it. Once sparkles spitted they will stick on the canvas randomly forming an abstract composition of colors.


It starts with a full composition playing all the sounds at its climax. The composition is represented with music notes made from granulated texture of sand and glitter. The vacuum come and start sucking out from the screen each note at a time (alternating the composition of course).. while notes are being inhaled from one trunk, sparkles of those notes are being spit on the canvas physically on stage.



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