VRA_peek is an audio-visual performance, in which sound is created exclusively out of images. The artist uses code to produce images, which are converted in realtime into a stream of audio-data, creating a totally in-sync audio-visual experience. A projection, shows the current visual information, being also the source of the hearable audio.
Austrian artist, born 1992, birth name Daniel Haas, artist name STURMHERTA, who lives and works in Linz and Kirchschlag bei Linz / Austria, studies Time-based and Interactive Media Arts at the University of Arts Linz. SURMHERTA originated out of the modular-synth community in 2017 as a synthesizer-performance project. As Haas has found interest in other related areas, like programming and visualization, his works have gained more variety. They now span pure sound performances and audio-visual compositions to immersive installations using big projections or physical objects. A passion for tweaking and pushing machines to their weirdest corners, beyond their usual functions, discovering unknown fields of sonic pleasure, is the origin of STURMHERTA’s motivation. Haas works with a wide variety of hardware and software, such as modular synthesizers, open circuits, contact microphones, Max/MSP and PureData. He also uses field recordings, samples from sound carriers or radios, background noise and noise from feedback loops. With these tools he creates shifted rhythms, dark, strange atmospheres and organic textures which he visualizes with audio-reactive graphics or hyper-realistic animations.