2500, ordine geometrico demostrata
The audio output of a series of attempts to erase oneself in/through an ARP 2500 modular synthesiser and vice versa.
The ARP 2500 is legendary vintage monophonic analog modular synthesiser equipped with a set of sliding matrix switches above each module to interconnect them with one another. It is the first product of ARP Instruments Inc.; several such synthesisers have been built from 1970 to 1981 (the year the artist has been born). Even if the 2500 has been proved to be a reliable and user-friendly machine, it failed commercially – selling just about 100 units. Its successor, the ARP 2600, comprises a collection of the its most popular modules yet leaving out the matrix switching and the more esoteric functions of the 2500.
The artist committed to creatively explore Worm’s ARP 2500 over a period of several days. Rather than experimenting with unorthodox strategies (as the he largely did with the Buchla or with the Serge) he resorted on the very fundamentals of sound synthesis: carefully thought-of configurations, long rudimentary forms, organic rhythmical patterns, minimal user-interaction.
‘2500, ordine geometrico demostrata’ resulted in approximately 4½ hours of audio, in 6 parts:
- Corpus non terminatur cogitatione nec cogitatio corpore
- Essentia existentiam est existens
- Omnia quæ sunt in alio sunt
- Omnis substantia est infinita
- Substantia prior est natura suis affectionibus
- Unumquodque æternam et infinitam essentiam exprimit
These recordings comprise an archive of sound matter that has pollinated a few other endeavours on a number of occasions. An excerpt from ‘Corpus non terminatur cogitatione nec cogitatio corpore’ appears in ‘Φöρβιρρινγ (2000-20)‘ while parts of the rest tracks have been selectively employed in live performances.