For their Lou Reed-referencing Metal Fatigue Music performance project, Brooklyn artists Jeff DeGolier and Ben Vida are making the ultimate bass machine out of a 1992 Toyota Previa. They’ve rigged the vintage minivan up with a seven-speaker, dual-amplifier system, with which they hope to a produce ridiculous 145 dB of power.
And what do they hope to do with all that bass? Vida is composing a suite of music specifically for the system, which will be loud enough to make the van itself vibrate, naturally producing its own low, metallic drone. For more information, check out the artists’ doozy of a Kickstarter page (the project funded $2,275), which drops reference points both highbrow and low- –from electronic art music heavyweights like Alvin Lucier and Karlheinz Stockhausen to “dB drag racing” car audio competitions.
Metal Fatigue Music will be on exhibit at Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park September 29.