Some recent studies and equipment testing going on in the Interaction Lab at SARC. On the Left, John Dyer using the motion capture system to study skill acquisition. On the Right, Matilde Meireles testing some audio-visual tech for an upcoming site-specific multi-media performance.
The beginning of a two week workshop with Undergraduate students at SARC. Teaching them about cheap and dirty electronic systems for making sound and building musical instruments. This picture was in the middle of some noisy Victorian Synthesis, driving speakers with motors & fans and wiring everything together to discover new sounds.
I have just finished constructing this very loud sound-suit for Belfast’s Culture Night. I will be playing several hacked and bent noise-making devices and synths through the suit for Paul Stapleton and QUBe’s Myth-Science Space Arkestra. Performing the music of Sun Ra while we parade through Belfast.
In the stages of some more re-construction work of the Interaction Lab at SARC. Designing curtain hanging systems that can be easily moved, modified and re-configured. This is the default, a neutral backdrop and blank space. Up next, flooring and re-wiring.
Here’s another new instrument I finished a while ago. This modified tape loop player was commissioned for Herman Kolgen, an award winning multimedia artist based in Montreal. This device was an adaption from the previous version (and the version before that) with some tweaks and new controls added for Herman. This version has the addition of an internal feedback loop. With the feedback switch and feedback volume controls you can record evolving loops of electronic feedback onto the tape. As with the previous versions, you can still record from an external source or microphone and control the direction and speed of the tape for lots of lo fidelity analog fun. More pictures, audio and full details when I get them online!
Here’s a couple pictures of an an instrument I finished recently, the Noise Cube. It was commissioned for Seth Rozanoff, and consists of one of my Atari-Noise Boards. I expanded the original design with some tweaks in the controls and the addition of touch controls. It also looks great in the dark. I will upload a full page with more info & sounds as soon as I can.
Here’s a compilation of some circuit bending & hardware hacking from the DIY Sound Making workshop I ran recently, assisted by Barry Cullen. This was an intense two day workshop covering all sorts of cheap and simple ways of making sound with hardware. We covered everything from Victorian Synthesis and making oscillators from switches to circuit bending and hardware hacking.
A picture received from Ricky Graham, who just received a batch of my Atari-Noise Boards. He will be using them in his Musical Interaction Design class next semester at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Version 1.2 of my Atari-Noise Boards are for sale on the ‘kits’ page (even though the info & images have not been updated!). This version has a few tweaks and additional controls. New designs will be available in the future & I have been looking into creating synth housing kits to go with them.