Menalon + The New Beat presented by The Galdstone Hotel
Photo: Dustin Rabin
Lazer Harp 2.0 Lazer Harp 2.0 is an interactive, playable sound installation that is made of suspended beams of light, that when triggered emit a dynamic ambient soundscape. A combination of lasers and infrared distance sensors power each string of the harp. When users interact, measurements taken trigger corresponding sounds from a sound library. The sound that the harp makes is a combination of many different instruments (piano, harp, glockenspiel, glass) blended and affected together to create a lush, warm, organic, dreamy soundscape. Menalon + The New Beat is an art collective with multidisciplinary artists working with film, sound, web, design, photography, visual art, performance and more. MENALON (Lodewijk Vos & Joseph Murray) work in sound production, creating scores for film, television, ads, live performances, installations etc. For Lazer Harp, they collaborated with other studio members on conceptualizing the idea as well as creating the sonic identity for the piece. The New Beat is an agency that creates meaningful and engaging experiences for print, video, web and interaction design. Members, Geoff Palin & Geoff Watson contributed on concept of the harp as well as constructing and programming the instrument.
The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel. In fact, this year, we’ll be turning 125 years young! Identifying as an art hotel since 2005, when local artists came together to transform our original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms/functional art installation spaces, we know that being an art hotel means more than hanging a few paintings. Inspired by the building’s history, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, huge Victorian windows and longstanding neighbourhood connections to Toronto’s arts and culture scene, we were able to create an internationally recognized art hotel that defies traditional expectations and fosters design and creativity. More like a gallery that never sleeps, we provide access to locally-made works 365 days per year.