MJ Caselden's sound-generating sculptures use varying magnetic fields to induce vibrations in metal and wood. Viewers cast shadows while electromagnets and vibrating metal strings on wooden sculpture create resonance and sound. Participants improvise and interact controlling the sound through motion. "So the vibrations are acoustic, coming from organic materials, but the experience is driven through contemporary technologies," MJ Caselden said.
Magnetic sound sculptures can provide a fully immersive, transcendent experience. MJ has collaborated with teachers from long-standing healing arts practices such as Asana Yoga, Tibetan Tummo breathwork, acupuncture, and Ch’an meditation. He leads group listening rituals and innovative technology workshops exploring integration of meditative sound into healing arts and lifestyle. His sculptures have been featured in art, meditation, and retreat spaces worldwide, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Times Square.
MJ studied electronics at the University of Southern California and New York University, sound design at Berklee College of Music and signal processing at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at USC's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI). His interest in energy exchange through technology led him to prototyping and electronics design.
MJ presently directs a team of engineers and designers creating innovative prototypes, products, and works of art for entities such as Intel, Lexus, and the Microsoft Music x Technology program with Listen.