Abstract

Star Networks at the Singing Point, poetic though it sounds, is merely a description in engineering terminology of the sound-producing method that forms the basis for the piece. A “star network” is a circuit node having three or more connections. The “singing point” is the particular tuning at which the gain in a feedback circuit produces oscillation. In Star Networks at the Singing Point, the performer creates analog circuits composed of multiple nodes, each of which has three or more connections—in essence, “mazes” having a number of paths through which current can flow. Connecting such a circuit in a feedback loop around a gain stage produces an oscillator that is inherently unstable. Tuned to what is called in chaos theory a “tipping point,” the circuit sings unpredictably of its own accord.

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