Ars Electronica 1991
Festival-Program 1991
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Bubble-Plastic Destroyer

'Peter Zegveld Peter Zegveld

An industrial-looking machine is built from plain steel, containing two cylinders, a small electric motor and the necessary spindles.

A stock of aircap-foil commonly used for packaging is slowly fed from a supply spindle to the pair of cylinders and the pockets of air explode as they are forced between them.

This causes an irregular one to ten second interval of dry snapping-noise, king size caps being selected for maximum loudness.

Depleted material is wound on a takeup spindle.

"Waiting in suspense for the next one is interpreting time as musical noise".