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20 March 2013, 10:31
Lullabies by Mozart, Brahms and Schubert were performed by mice in a performance installation by the experimental musical duo Quiet Ensemble.
The combination of Mozart, Brahms and Schumann and a collection of mice doesn't immediately sound like a recipe for a great musical experience. But the experimental music and technology duo Quiet Ensemble have created an installation that marries the two.
The duo's musical installation, 'Musica Da Camera', features a series of wheels that, when the mice run on them, trigger automated carillons (the sound is similar to a music box). But with the mice running around the installation at random, the music is almost unrecognisable.
Lullabies by Mozart, Brahms and Schumann have featured in the installation, but with their notes only sounding when the mice decide to use their wheels, they are unfamiliar renditions of familiar pieces.
Quiet Ensemble's previous experiments have included mapping the journey of snails throughout an average day. The duo told The Creator's Project website that their experiments "focus on the greatness of small events, observing natural elements and mixing them with technology."