APPARATUM – the installation inspired by the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from ◥ panGenerator on Vimeo.

panGenerator is a new media arts & design collective based in Warsaw, Poland. Since 2010 the group creates unique works that explore the new means of expression and interaction through new media and technology. Their projects range from large scale interactive installations for museums and festivals to the novel musical interfaces and tiny wearables.

Analog sound generators, based on magnetic tape and optical components controlled via graphic score composed with digital interface.

The APPARATUM has been inspired 
by the heritage of the Polish Radio
Experimental Studio – one of the first 
studios in the world producing 
electroacoustic music. 

The installation draws inspirations 
musically and graphically from the 
“Symphony – electronic music” – 
composed by Bogusław Schaeffer 

Bogusław Schaeffer conceived his own 
visual language of symbols that conveyed 
the cues for the sound engineer responsible for 
the production of the piece. 

The physical form is inspired by the general 
aesthetics of the Studio’s famous “Black Room” 
designed by Oskar Hansen. The electroacoustic 
generators and filters were arranged in a modular 
fashion inside two steel frames – the construction 
element that we’ve referred to in our design.

Magnetic tape was the primary medium 
used in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. 
We’re also using two types of “tape samplers” 
– two 2-track loops and three one-shot linear 
tape samplers. To obtain noise and basic tones 
we’re utilising purely analog optical generators 
based on spinning discs with graphical patterns.