Fascinated with voltage and vibration, Robin Fox combines the warmth of analog sounds and circuitry with digital technology’s more brittle output, resulting in a type of refined computer music jockeying that often merges sight and sound—creating fully multi-sense artworks.
A highly skilled laser charmer, long been interested in converting sound energy into light energy, Fox was brought up in a musical and tech-y family—his mother wrote music in the 1980s on big mainframe computers, while his stepfather ran a computer music department at the same university where he eventually studied composition. He recalls moments of elation playing the drums as a teen, which over time evolved into a passion for crafting sounds from scratch using analog synthesizers. There’s nary a performance medium Fox hasn’t explored—exhibitions, designs for contemporary dance, public art projects and of course music production. He’s released albums with composer/performer Anthony Pateras, solo recordings of experimental electronic compositions and has left crowds in over 50 cities worldwide as well as MUTEK patrons, awestruck at the scientific wizardry of his laser A/V spectacles (most recently in 2015, as part of the immersive, orchestrated laser project Double Vision with Atom TM).
Single Origin, Fox’s latest A/V work, is the third in his series of laser/sound works exploring the possibilities of mechanically induced synaesthesia. Building on his previous meditations on the relationship between sound and light—Monochroma (2004) and RGB Laser Show (2013)—Fox composes this time around what is essentially a concerto for a laser beam. Knowing Fox’s knack for pulling from a smorgasbord of tools and tricks, it’s hard not to be enthused about this new audiovisual maelstrom.