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fish oscillator

This started as a not so funny, not so clever idea inspired by Nic Collins, Paul DeMarinis and Alvin Lucier to get fish to make music. Flashlights shine through an aquarium focused onto photo resistors controlling different paramaters of two oscillator circuits. As the fish swim through the light, the sound changes. The piece ended up being about animal cruelty, captivity and my society's tendency to (not) confront those issues rather than fish as musicians. People typically don't think twice about fish being stuck in an aquarium. However, if you make a high pitched sound which annoys the humans eminate from the fish's general direction, suddenly everyone is worried about the fish's feelings. The piano and voices in the background are not part of the piece but certainly a welcome interjection.