Electronic Music generated with Blood

Hübsche Installation von Dmitry Morozov, der einen Synth und den algorithmischen Klangerzeuger darin mit Batterien betreibt, die mit seinem eigenen Blut aufgeladen werden. Blut-Techno, unterfüttert mit Science Fiction und russischer Philosophie aus dem beginnenden 20. Jahrhundert (russischer Kosmismus): „In his science fiction novel Red Star, published in 1908, Bogdanov first described his ideas about the possibility of achieving immortality and eternal youth through blood transfusion. He was not only a physician and scientist but also a philosopher and communist ideologue. He actually put his studies into practice, verging on occultism; his practices were more closely related to Soviet mysticism than to medicine. In many respects my installation is a similar metaphysical act, but between man and machine rather than between human beings.“ (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

This installation operates on unique batteries that generate electricity using my blood. The electric current produced by the batteries powers a small electronic algorithmic synth module. This module creates generative sound composition that plays via a small speaker. The blood used in the installation was stored up gradually over 18 months. The conservation included a number of manipulations to preserve the blood’s chemical composition, color, homogeneity and sterility to avoid bacterial contamination. The total amount of blood conserved was around 4.5 liters; it was then diluted to yield 7 liters, the amount required for the installation. The blood was diluted with distilled water and preservatives such as sodium citrate, antibiotics, antifungal agents, glucose, glycerol etc. The last portion of blood (200ml) was drawn from my arm during the performance presentation, shortly before the launch of the installation.

The operation concept of the installation is to use liquid electrolyte and metals with different oxidation rates as a power sources. Such metals as copper (anode) and aluminum (cathode) were used, and the blood contains enough minerals (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+ HCO3-, Cl-, PO43-, SO42-) to serve as an electrolyte. This approach restages experiments to create a direct-current battery, e.g. the experiments of Luigi Galvani, who mistakenly discovered animal electricity, and Alessandro Volta’s famous Voltaic pile, which became the prototype of all modern electric batteries. In many respects the visual design of the installation was inspired by nineteenth-century engravings of experiments with electricity and batteries.