The Electric Knife Orchestra is the result of Neil Mendoza’s vision to bring Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees to life through programmatic sequencing of sixteen knives and a meat cleaver. An eclectic group of ‘instruments’ were built to generate all the sounds required ranging from spinning motors, to chopping movements and even a high voltage Jacobs Ladder. The musical score was arranged on a laptop using Logic and then sent via MIDI through Arduino to control each instruments activation.
The visual aesthetic of the installation and film documenting it matches the brilliance of the technical build. We are looking forward to the next personal project from Neil.