The Electronium is the first synthesizer created exclusively for the composition and performance of music. Designed by pioneer Raymond Scott in the late 50’s, the unpredictable system led to performances described as collaborations or duets between composer and machine. In this 2013 performance, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (The Roots) samples and deconstruct seminal recordings by early electronic music composers such as Robert Moog, Raymond Scott and Edgar Varèse, in a tribute to the analog revolution that paved the way for our music today.
The set design references the chaotic wiring of the original Electronium device. A total of 2,500 ft of corrugated tubing is connecting the various sections of the musical ensemble as an electrical connection between electronic devices. Lighting and projections are animating the set in a synchronized relationship with the performance.
Location: Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY
Type: Set Design
Client: Questlove and Red Hot
Size: 2,250 sf / 209 m²