Guerilla Science is seeking musicians, composers, sound artists, interdisciplinary artists, and performing groups to work with their unique Fire Organ this winter.

As part of our mission to revolutionize how people experience science, we have created the Fire Organ – a unique way of visualizing sound and demonstrating the physical principles through which sound operates.  We are seeking open-minded and inquisitive artists who are interested in using sound to explore the physical world for a residency focusing on making new music to be performed with the Fire Organ.

The three tubed Fire Organ dancing to a single Concert C.

The Fire Organ dancing to a single Concert C.

How it works

The Fire Organ’s basic function is to translate (via a single, mono 1/4” or 1/8” input) sonic impulses and convert them into streams of fire emanating from five tubes.  The presence of certain bands of frequency in the sonic input corresponds to the amplitude of flame that’s emitted in a particular location.  This basic principle is known as a Ruben’s tube

The Fire Organ works with any kind of sound as input, from voices to electronic instruments to classical instruments and more! There are no limits to the genre or format of music/sound artists can create in this residency.  We are most interested in artists who will discover illuminating new ways to fully integrate the Fire Organ into what they do, rather than thinking of it as accompaniment.

The Fire Organ Residency

The residency will run December 2016 to January 2017, with a culminating performance in February 2017.  The residency will take place in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the performance location will be announced shortly.  Participating artists will gain access to an indoor space for rehearsal and planning as well as an outdoor space in which to work with the Fire Organ during specified hours.  Collaboration and conversation with fellow residency artists is strongly encouraged.  Each participating artist or group will also be awarded a $1,500 stipend.  For the concluding performance, each artist or group will produce 25-40 minutes of material.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a CV, links to 2-3 work samples, and an overview of why you’d like to work with the Fire Organ and what you’d like to explore with it to  We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, November 7th, 2016.

A Fire Organ performance at Secret Garden Party, UK.

A Fire Organ performance at Secret Garden Party, UK.