Vstix/EMS

The Vstix uses a small DC motor with a counterbalance attached to a stick, cooking chopstick or flexible rod. Whilst in operation, the Vstix 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 Vstix mechanisms to influence a mobile kinetically” – Avenaim

Vstix 360° Title: Ballet Aveugle: Pas De Six / Study # 4 2019.

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

Title: Vstix 360° Mobile Study #3 2018

for 2 x EMS devices with bamboo segments, suspended by a cascading mobile sculpture.

featured at Testing Grounds, Melbourne. Suspension and multiple Vstix mechanisms was the concept for this work. “Having 2 Vstix 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.

EMS – Vstix 360° Title: Study #2 2011-12

For 1 x suspended EMS 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. EMS 360• by Robbie Avenaim Modifications to the original Vstix 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 Vstix is a device that uses a small DC motor with a counterbalance attached to a drumstick or flexible rod. Whilst in operation, the Vstix 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.

Vstix 360°  Titles: Mobile study #1 2016

For 1x EMS, acoustic cymbal and percussion resonant terrain.

Modifications to the original Vstix 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.