Yann Seznec : Prayer Request
Prayer Request
An instrument that uses candles to control sounds.
a candle-based instrument
Maryland, USA
This instrument uses candles to control sounds. It takes four sounds – requests for prayers uploaded publicly to youtube – and uses the light from the candles to manipulate their playback using a granular synthesis system. This video was recorded in the woods late one rainy summer night.

It is a custom built enclosure made from oak and cedar, and the electronics are based on Bela and Teensy micro controllers. The sound system was programmed in Pure Data (Pd). It runs entirely standalone, without a computer, and it is plugged into a custom built battery powered amplifier.
Side Story
This is part of a long-running project around prayer requests which began with my Ritual (Prayer Request) installation for Sanctuary 2017. I have found myself doing a number of projects based on prayer requests, which I find both fascinating and terrifying.
Yann Seznec : Artist
The maker Yann Seznec
Baltimore, MD
I'm a sound artist. I make devices that make noise in unexpected ways, often drawing from game design and musical performance techniques.
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