PDCON:Exhibition/Rubén D'Hers: Cascada

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Artist: Rubén D'Hers

Year: 2011

Mixed Media: Steel guitar strings, webs, fabric, motors, speakers and computers. Dimensions variables.

Short Summary

Cascada is a sound installation for prepared guitars and fans that musically interprets the sound of a waterfall and seeks to approach the vital irregularities that characterise natural events. In so doing, Cascada resizes the sound potential of an acoustic instrument and creates a sound architecture that only exists in the music of the installation. The installation works with the amplified natural sound of the guitars without any kind of audio processing. Computer controlled hanging and placed fans (dc motors) strum the strings with variable intensity. The space is filled with a mass of harmonics and chords that suggest no beginning or end. Cascada drives the listener to a contemplative state.


Rubén D'Hers was born in Venezuela 1980. Studied in Caracas Fine Arts at the Visual Arts School Cristobal Rojas with a major in painting. He is currently studying Media Art and Design/Electroacustic composition under Robin Minard in the Bauhaus University. His apprenticeship in music area has been self-taught, which helped him from the start to deal with the guitar in a particular way as main instrument. From 2000 he is active in experimental music scene in Caracas/Germany takings part on different projects influenced by rock, free jazz and improvised music. His musical work negotiates with improvised music, minimalism and sound installation.

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4th international Pure Data Convention 2011 Weimar ~ Berlin