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DIY Micro Video Transmitter

Posted in creative practice, DIY, gear, video with tags , , , , on 19/09/2012 by sync24

CC and i went to London to take part in this:
http://nnnnn.org.uk/doku.php?id=diy_micro_video_transmitter

it was CCs first time soldering, the soldering technique used to make the unit was really basic!
we just melted solder onto copper board and copper pads to then drop the components on to…

there was a range of people at the event, some appeared to have built stuff before, others perhaps not.
the build was easy and the results were interesting.

click the picture to visit the flickr gallery:

here’s kyle who ran the workshop: http://yaktronix.com/
http://yaktronix.com/transmission.html

this is what the project is based on:
http://anarchy.translocal.jp/

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BEAM at Brunel 2012

Posted in conferences, creative practice, culture, DIY, eurorack, gear, links, music, research, video with tags , , , , on 25/06/2012 by sync24

BEAM 2012
Friday.

I went to the BEAM festival at Brunel again this weekend, same kind of deal as last year, but curated by Atau Tanaka.
A Symposium started things off on the Friday afternoon with a number of interesting presentations by some of the participants.
Lewis Sykes showed his PHD research in to Cymatics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cymatics) and framed the whole thing extremely well from a research POV (http://phd.lewissykes.info/). He showed various historical examples by Hans Jenny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Jenny_%28cymatics%29) and mentioned the use of “global knowledge” (the internet) – he showed these amazing 3D cymatic things too: http://cymatica.net/, and this interesting website: http://www.cymaticmusic.co.uk/. He also mentioned John Whitney and this amazing looking book called Digital Harmony (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Digital-Harmony-Complementarity-Music-Visual/dp/007070015X). One more for the list… (http://thesis.lambertsblog.co.uk/?page_id=117)
I have an old speaker that i’ve been meaning to try this stuff out with since i saw it demo’ed at Flash On The Beach… another thing on the list.
I had some good conversations with Lewis over the two days about his work, practice phds and stuff – definitely a very good start to the festival.

Other people of note in the Symposium:
Mike Cook showed his Arduino stuff again, very engaging presentation of his current work.
http://www.thebox.myzen.co.uk/Site/Welcome.html

Bruno Zamborlin showed his Mogees project with gestural audio capture through the use of piezo microphones (http://www.brunozamborlin.com/mogees/) he was performing later in the evening with Ed Handley from Plaid.

Anyway, there were other talks – some not as interesting as others. The other highlight, after Lewis, was Sergi Jorda talking about what led up to his development of the ReacTable. He talked about some of his older work – a feedback loop thing sounded interesting to try out, throwing a pitch tracker into the mix along with some variable effects – like an adapted Alvin Lucier sitting in a room affair. He went on to talk at length about the reacTable and how it was developed, his main thing with it was about how so many music controllers had been unsuccessful, probably because they were old fashioned and shouldn’t be trying to emulate traditional instruments. Fair enough.
He showed a bunch of statements at the end of his talk, one really stood out:
“Not knowing the history of your field and not listening to others tends to guarantee failure.”

The evening had some interesting performances, but the real highlight was Michael Page and his crazy home made sequencers. Here he is at he music hack space: musichackspace.org/michael-page-hardware-step-sequencer-and-machines/ and here’s his blog: http://mpanimation.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday.
Needed to be out of my accommodation by 10am and had a free-ish morning so i went for a swim and then visited the London Motorcycle Museum (which was amazing).
Got back to BEAM for the afternoon performances and was blown away by Simon Katan who’d done something equally amazing last year.


http://simonkatan.co.uk

I got to have a closer look at Michael Pages sequencers too.
I also had a chat with a chap who was in the workshops with me last year and together we talked with Sam Underwood & David Morton. Mr Underwood told me about the kits he makes so i will be getting in touch with him.
here he is: http://www.mrunderwood.co.uk/

in the evening there were more performances:
Sally Golding did some fantastic stuff with 16mm film projections (http://www.sallygolding.com/)
Benoît and the Mandelbrots demystified live coding for me… (www.the-mandelbrots.de) actually, Alex McClean did that the previous evening using emacs…
John Bowers planned set didn’t go to plan (pure data crashed) so he blasted the place with his Eurorack (QMMG, z3000, NoiseRing and a MATHS) plus some other home made gear. http://www.jmbowers.net/
i was hoping for space noises from Thomas Lehn and his EMS Synthi, but got blasted by analog tone instead.
the last performance was Carles López playing the Reactable. it was good, but quite straight, until he knocked the table, some objects fell on the floor and those remaining started interacting in strange ways – much more interesting!

that was it for me, no sleep over and no sunday business.

next year (fingers crossed it’ll run for it’s third year) i really would like to get my act together and get something submitted for the open call. there was plenty of food for thought, and with my current Eurorack exploration i think i could do something along those lines…

We Can Elude Control

Posted in conferences, culture, eurorack, gear, music, video with tags , , , , on 09/06/2012 by sync24

http://www.dlwp.com/event/we-can-elude-control

here’s my vid of Russell:

SnazzyFX ‘Ardcore…

Posted in creative practice, eurorack, gear, music, video with tags , , , on 22/05/2012 by sync24

i’ve ordered one of these from Postmodular,
it’s basically a Eurorack module with an Arduino in it.
so you can upload code to it and control it with the rest of your modular gear.
there’s a growing patch library available for it, and it looks to have been developed by Darwin Grosse who was part of the NY MAX Conference i went to.
here’s the video i made with him in – far right on the modular:

so here’s some info and threads about the ‘Ardcore:
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=51001&highlight=ardcore
http://www.muffwiggler.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=58624&highlight=ardcore
http://snazzyfx.com/ardcore.html
https://github.com/darwingrosse/ArdCore-Code

vimeo video of it running a drum machine patch:

additional blog… The Psyphonaut

Posted in artwork, DIY, gear, music, sci-fi book, video with tags , , , , , , on 22/11/2011 by sync24

the psyphonaut
exploring territory between art, science fiction, and altered states of consciousness through electronic music.

http://thepsyphonaut.wordpress.com/

(this additional blog will be the home for my audio tributes to sci-fi art. all the pieces will be uploaded to YouTube as videos)

Peter Vogel – The Sound Of The Shadows Brighton 2011

Posted in artwork, creative practice, culture, DIY, gear, music, research, video with tags , , , , on 02/11/2011 by sync24

i went along to see the Peter Vogel exhibition today.
the pieces of work on display are fascinating and very inspiring examples of electronic craftsmanship.
below is some info along with my videos and photos.

website links:
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/study/pava/news/peter-vogel-the-sound-of-shadows
http://artsresearch.brighton.ac.uk/research/academic/gleeson/portfolio/sounding-out-the-museum-peter-vogel-retrospective-exhibition

The first dedicated UK retrospective of renowned European artist, Peter Vogel opens at the University of Brighton, UK, in October. Curated jointly by Conall Gleeson and Jean Martin, the exhibition explores the subject of sound in gallery spaces through Vogel’s interactive sound objects.

The exhibition features a significant number of Vogel’s important works including the two innovative and interactive large-scale works, the Sound Wall and the Shadow Orchestra. These will form the core of the exhibition that will also include smaller sound and light kinetic sculptures. 
Peter Vogel’s works are difficult to categorise, they demonstrate a breakdown of the boundaries across practices within fine art and performance traditions and question established relationships between sculpture and sound, seeing and hearing, the static and the live, as well as challenging the place of sound within the historiography of gallery spaces. They refuse to align with any single artistic movement yet resonate with the aims of so many. 
 
Drawing on the artistic values of the 20th century as much as prefiguring the emerging concerns of the 21st, Dr Nye Parry writes that Vogel’s “pieces combine the open form sensibilities of interactive multimedia with an almost classical visual aesthetic that emphasises clean lines, balanced forms and delicate structures. They ask new questions about the relationship between the spectator and the aesthetic object that bring it right up to date with contemporary artistic and philosophical enquiry. Vogel emphasises the importance of the perception of time in his work and the use of sound and light to articulate this using his skill as a circuit designer to create beautiful soundmachines that respond to the movements of gallery visitors”.

Videos:





Photo slideshow:

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MAX EXPO74 New York Oct 2011

Posted in conferences, creative practice, culture, DIY, research, software, video with tags , , , , , on 22/06/2011 by sync24

The Cycling74 MAX Expo74 was announced in April and I’ve been wondering how to get to it, it’s in New York…
http://cycling74.com/2011/03/30/announcing-expo-74-2011/

I’ve been granted £800 via three different funds (staff development, CB’s Material Digital Culture Centre and the School research funding), so I have to top up the rest myself, but I will be going to NY – I’ve paid for my registration

I’m thinking of proposing a Science Fair thing, showing a couple of third year students work and talkig about my teaching methods etc.

Here’s some videos from the previous Expo from 2009: