Help Put the Fire in Syzygryd!

Syzygryd is an interactive, collaborative musical instrument being built by Interpretive Arson, False Profit Labs, Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (GAFFTA), and Illutron.

Syzygryd is a soaring metal sculpture measuring 60 ft in diameter and 13 feet high, spiraling out to three touchscreen-operated controllers that anyone can use to dynamically compose music. The interface is intuitive and visual, allowing anyone from a 5 year old to a 105 year old to become a musician. The sculpture itself consists of three curving metal “arms” which spiral towards the center of the space into a tornado of increasingly larger and larger aluminum cubes. The cubes are lit from within by 1.5 kilowatts of LEDs, and the lights are sequenced to the music as it is created. The entire sculpture responds to how you play it!

Syzygryd is an honorarium project for Burning Man 2010, and we have been partially funded by the Burning Man Organization. We are very grateful for the funding we have already received, but our grant does not cover the entire project.

We need your help to fund Syzygryd’s FIRE! We have almost ten years of experience building safe and beautiful fire art, and we are excited to add sequenced flame effects to Syzygryd. The fire will rise up from the top of the center of the sculpture, culminating in a 10 to 20 ft tall fire tornado.