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Exploring the boundaries where music and language overlap, Nicola L. Hein and Lukas Truniger use hybrid instruments – constructed from drum-skins and electronic components – as devices to turn written texts into pulses of light and percussive sound. As each machine translation emerges, the network of instruments starts to share the texts, transforming written material into visual and sonic patterns, for the performers and spectators to further interact with. Extrapolating from the example of the African talking drum, Membranes builds up an altogether new kind of tone language, constantly shifting and adapting itself before the viewer and performers alike.

Exhibition at Mapping Festival, Mai 2019, Geneva (Switzerland)

Studio performance, September 2017, Berlin (Germany)

Performance at MEX 25 Festivals, November 2017, Dortmund (Germany)