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Sound & Light Synthesis by Vijay Thillaimuthu


Electromagnetic phenomena has always been at the centre of Vijay Thillaimuthu's practice. Whether fascinated by the discovery of self generating tones through signal feedback, or the realisation that voltage could deflect and guide rays of light in laser display systems, the driving force has always been the joyful exploration of electricity as well as the visceral, transcendental experiences it could produce in expression as sound, vibration and light.


Under the moniker Xenosine, his work explores electromagnetic waves as the basis for expression in multiple sensory modalities through synergistic approaches with technology. This is largely enabled through the open ended architecture of modular synthesisers, devices born of an assemblage of voltage generation/manipulation tools that despite their primary purpose of sound generation, share more in common with electronic testing equipment than traditional musical instruments.

Amongst a range of diverse outcomes,  he has presented work for the Melbourne International Film Festival, Liquid Architecture, What is Music Festival, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Arts House, Red Bull Music Festival, Otherfilm (QLD), the Now now Festival (NSW), The Banff Centre (Canada) and the Tokyo Festival of Modular (Japan). Vijay Thillaimuthu received the Banff Centre Artist Award in 2016 and the Joel Elenberg Prize in 2019.





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