Motor-Stick

The motor-stick uses a small DC motor with a counterbalance attached to a stick, cooking chopstick or flexible rod. Whilst in operation, the motor-stick device oscillates the stick attached and allows it to produce complex orbital paths by which it will strike an object or surface, propelling the stick to the next object. Over time, distinctive rhythms and textures emerge, sitting outside of the framework of traditionally conceived musical sounds. These automated devices give rise to a new kind of gestural sound by direct acoustic synthesis rather than by the musique concrete or digital technique of distortion of recorded sounds.

“Initially Alexander Calder tried using motors in his works, but abandoned this method. that inspired me to attempt using my motor-stick mechanisms to influence a mobile kinetically” – Avenaim

motor-stick 360° Title: Ballet Aveugle: Pas De Six / Study # 4 2019.

for 2 x suspended motor-stick devices from a mobile and six violins. Constructed as art of the Jon Rose’s the ‘violin generator’

Title: motor-stick 360° Mobile Study #3 2018

for 2 x motor-stick devices with bamboo segments, suspended by a cascading mobile sculpture.

featured at Testing Grounds, Melbourne. Suspension and multiple motor-stick mechanisms was the concept for this work. “Having 2 motor-stick sticks finally assisted the mobile to move rapidly in circles. This was one of my visions when first building the Vstix mobile. Suspending all the objects gave the entire sculpture zero friction and allowing the Vstix sticks to act as a type of force (like wind) to propel the mobile in a direction continually.

motor-stick 360° Title: Study #2 2011-12

For 1 x suspended motor-stick device and multiple percussion objects as a resonant terrain

Featured at “MOTORGENIC” a retrospective exhibition of Vstix devices built between 2003-2016. This Exhibition took place at The Substation, Melbourne, Australia 17th November -17 December 2016. motor-stick 360• by Robbie Avenaim Modifications to the original motor-stick 180° device saw the use of a longer, flexible stick, able to rotate a full 360° and therefore react with more volatility to the percussive environment laid out underneath. With updated technical characteristics came more opportunities to compose spatially, giving rise to new, untapped sonic qualities in terms of tempo, rhythm, variety of sounds, dynamics, and so on. The KMS is a device that uses a small DC motor with a counterbalance attached to a drumstick or flexible rod. Whilst in operation, the motor-stick device vibrates the stick causing it to produce complex orbital paths by which it will strike an object or surface, propelling the stick to the next object. Over time, distinctive rhythms and textures emerge, sitting outside of the framework of traditionally conceived musical sounds. These automated devices give rise to a new kind of gestural sound by direct acoustic synthesis rather than by the musique concrete or digital technique of distortion of recorded sounds.

motor-stick 360°  Titles: Mobile study #1 2016

For 1x motor-stick, acoustic cymbal and percussion resonant terrain.

Modifications to the original motor-stick 180° device saw the use of a longer, flexible stick, able to rotate a full 360° and therefore react with more volatility to the percussive environment laid out underneath. With updated technical characteristics came more opportunities to compose spatially, giving rise to new, untapped sonic qualities in terms of tempo, rhythm, variety of sounds, dynamics, and so on.