Thresholds and Fragile States Revisited

By David Kant

Program Notes

Thresholds and Fragile States Revisited is a digital reconstruction of composer/sound-artist David Dunn’s analog circuitry-based work Chaos and the Emergent Mind of the Pond. Based upon the theory of biological autonomy and principles in cognitive science and second-order cybernetics, these circuits represent an alternative design philosophy for the creation of electronic sound synthesis. The circuitry is one-of-a-kind set of non-linear chaotic oscillators capable of generating an infinite variety of auditory behaviors emergent from their status as autonomous electronic systems. David Kant revisits this work, modeling the systems in digital rather than analog form, in order to explore the nature of digital versus analog systems and their capacity for autonomous behavior.