I have spent the past four summers raising bombyx mori (domestic silk worm moths), and they have been and continue to be a profound source of inspiration!
Update: In December 2022, I was awarded a Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) grant to purchase audio equipment to further develop my work with Bombyx Mori and the Scuffed Computer Improviser developed by Taylor Brook. Thank you RACC!
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Catherine Lee, oboe d’amore and electronics by the Scuffed Computer Improviser (SCI), programmed by Taylor Brook.
Juniana Lanning, video
Shedding Skin was recorded live on July 3rd, 2021. I recorded this piece using a single microphone placed directly in the box with the silkworms. This microphone captured both the constant drone-like sound of the silkworms voraciously eating mulberry leaves and my improvisation on oboe d’amore in response to them. These sounds were sent directly into the Scuffed Computer Improviser (SCI), programmed by Taylor Brook, which listens, learns, and improvises with the sounds that it has heard. I continued improvising with the sounds produced by the SCI and the silkworms in real-time. Throughout, I was guided by the experience of the silkworms growing and shedding their skins during their instar stages.
Catherine Lee, oboe and electronics by the Scuffed Computer Improviser (SCI), programmed by Taylor Brook.
I recommend listening with headphones for full effect!