Digital Musics & Sound Art

Benoît and the Mandelbrots

Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Artist Groups:
(DE): Juan A. Romero (CO), Holger Ballweg (DE), Patrick Borgeat (DE), Matthias Schneiderbanger (DE)


Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

Benoît and the Mandelbrots see the laptop as their main instrument; they are mainly dedicated to live coding, the process of writing software in real time. They use the programming language itself as an at first sight non-intuitive but simultaneously expressive interface between man and machine in order to improvise sound and music. Sonic conceptions and structures are expressed live as source code and interpreted by the computer. The laptop musicians are connected over the network to enable them to communicate on stage and share parameters, e.g. harmonic progressions, to synchronize their timing and project their screens on a dedicated machine.

As every performance setting is unique and improvisation is the main paradigm of the group, they do not perform “works” in a classic sense but consider their whole oeuvre and underlying concept as their work, which expands with every performance. The musical results vary from electronica and ambient to experimental, noise, drones and avant-garde depending on the event, audience, venue and course of the collective improvisation.