Michael Flora – Aves

Michael Flora

Aves is a quadraphonic sound piece which simulates the flocking behavior of birds. The behaviors are generated by a flocking algorithm, which controls the bird’s frequency (pitch), amplitude (volume), and position in the four loudspeakers.

The behavior of the flock arises from the interaction of four individual “birds” adhering to a set of simple rules:

1. The number of neighbors earch “bird” consults while flocking
2. Maximum speed
3. Minimum speed
4. Strenth of “centering” instinct
5. Strength of attraction to an “attract-point”
6. Strength of neighbor avoidance instinct
7. Overall speed
8. Willingness to change speed and direction
9. Speed of acceleration
10. Preferred distance from neighbors.

About the Artist:

Michael Flora is a Minneapolis based sound artist and composer of electronic music. He curates the small edition record label Nada Recs and hosts a monthly podcast as part of the Aural Complex collective.

*Stereo mix created from a patch used as part of a quadraphonic sound piece that ran in the Grain Belt Keg House from May 15, 2015 – May 17, 2015.