Krystal Ball is an artistic, politically and economically inspired multimedia project focusing on the mechanism behind cyclical financial credit crisis, interactive systems and stochastic as well as algorithmic music composition as initiated by I. Xenakis in the early sixties. During presentation under various formats the project confronts the audience with the often misleading systems and mechanisms that underly our financial systems.

In the project new ways are sought to integrate statistical techniques from the financial industry as composition tools. The obtained methodology is then used to develop new sound generating software modules. For this, the pioneering work of I. Xenakis will serves as a starting point. The results are presented in various forms including musical compositions, live concerts and sound sculptures. Each such sound sculpture produces a continuously composed stream of musical pieces. The compositional process of every piece is hereby based on specific algorithms that are programmed inside the sound sculptures. The majority of algorithms used in Krystal Ball originate from the current banking sector.

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