However, after diving into Constant’s immersive projects between 1965 and 1974, the object comes back into focus and I decide to take another look at it. Looking over it, I see that it’s made up from materials that Constant used for his models (yellow and orange plexiglass, iron grid and even bolts). On the front a yellow square indicates a light and on the right an orange square indicates sound. There’s an aux entrance and power cable.
When I show the object to sound artist Justin Bennett, I expect him to be able to identify it immediately and tell me what it is for. He has no idea. Later he e-mails me. He couldn’t get the mixing console off his mind, could he maybe take a closer look at it? I agree to take it to his studio. The studio of Justin and Roelf Toxopeus aka BMB con looks like a perfect place for a homerigged mixing console to be left behind for research. Justin and Roelf also offer to digitalise some audio tapes from the 1970’s for Fondation Constant. I leave happy and excited.
After the first test, Justin and Roelf find it actually function as a syntheziser of sort. It needs a good clean but the first test makes for a funky industrialised soundscape…Looking forward to find out what the other side of the machine does.