Andy Cavatorta, Stella Artois Chalice Symphony, 2014
Video by: Dustin Cohen

Andy Cavatorta, The Dervishes, 2013
Video by: Lincoln Motor Company

Andy Cavatorta
Andy Cavatorta  is a sculptor working with sound and robotics, graduated at the MIT MediaLab in 2010. His work integrates emerging technologies with traditional crafts to discover new ways to create meaning with sound.

"As a culture, we are exploring questions about meaning and emotion mediated by technology. But many of the questions date back to the origins of the pipe organ and automaton. At what point does that numinous ghost of feeling, beneath the level of words, enter the machine? Historically, we have often reacted to new technologies by inventing false oppositions between the old and new, imagining that one will win and one will lose. This can be seen clearly in music since 1900. Recording vs. performance. Electric instruments vs. acoustic. Digital recording vs. analog. Virtual experience vs. physical. What we’ve seen is that, in art and music, we use all of our accumulated tools."

While Andy’s work is powered by software and robotic technologies, its focus is on experience and emotional narrative.

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Stella Artois Chalice Symphony
Four unique instruments that each utilize Stella Artois chalices in a different way to produce musical sounds, which the The Cold War Kids used to compose an original song. Click here to see the full documentary.

The Dervishes
The Dervishes have been described as sounding like ‘a choir of angry angels’ and also like ‘sniffing a thousand magic markers all at once’. In 2013 he won the Lincoln Prize, administered by TED Talks Inc. The Dervishes also acted as a manifestation of Mephistopheles in Matthew Herbert’s opera The Crackle at the London Royal Opera House.