Hacking Grains x Chromic Duo

Hacking Grains (2022) is an immersive installation and musical theater work that explores the interconnectivity between ritual, technology, and asian identity through food and sound.

This project reimagines the rice cooker as an electronic synthesizer and as a symbol of futurity. The rice cookers are “hacked” via embedded microcontrollers to create pulsating beats echoing EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Raw speaker cones placed along the floor envelope the space with harsh yet ambient drones. Traditional percussion instruments and rice bowls are also modified into containers of feedback. Two performers enter the space, activating these instruments one-by-one, transforming the space into the site of ritual. At the end – the audience and performers engage in a collective meal.

Hacking Grains was composed by Trevor Van de Velde and premiered by Chromic Duo (Lucy Yao & Dorothy Chan) at Dartmouth College in April 2022.

Creative Team: Trevor Van de Velde (composer, engineer, co-director), Hamed Sinno (co-director), Olivia Shortt (costumes, make-up artist), Lucy Yao (performer), Dorothy Chan (performer).

***This performance contains flashing neon lights and loud music.***


About the Artists

Trevor Van de Velde

Trevor Van de Velde (he/him) is an experimental composer, sound artist, instrument builder, and creative programmer based in NYC. His practice is oriented toward exploring the relationship between technology, play, and hybridity through electroacoustic composition, custom-built electronics, and mixed-media. Recently, he has been exploring the use of technology and food to create intimate spaces for collective listening and eating. Trevor holds degrees in Music Composition and Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley and Dartmouth College. He is currently a Ph.D student in Music Composition at New York University.

Instagram: @vantrevor

Website: https://trevorvandevelde.com


Chromic Duo

Chromic Duo blends classical music, toy piano, and electronics into genre fluid performances and installations. Inspired by the small wonders of the everyday, they compose soundworlds inspired by the multitudes as Third-Culture-Kids discovering their voice within the vast Asian American diaspora. Their work often blurs the lines between film, VR, and AR, but the heart of their work remains constant: to create an intimacy and sense of wonder in their music that unravels the story of self-discovery and passion for connecting the dots between grief and joy, belonging and displacement, and creating community in boundary pushing performances and web based experiences.

Chromic is Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan. They are grand prize-winners at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (CAG).

Instagram: @chromic.duo

Website: Chromic.space

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Oct 7, 2022
08:00 PM
- 09:30 PM
MIT Museum: Lobby
MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
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