Bleep Ghost unveiled

May 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

New Media Art and Sound Summit (NMASS) 2014 Kickstarter exclusive! This hand-crocheted ghostly friend with custom light-sensitive analog synthesizer circuit and vintage Apple IIc joystick controller can be yours when you pledge here before May 18th, 2014:http://kck.st/1mE1h9P

Experimental: Pyro Board: 2D Rubens’ Tube!

May 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Rubens’ Tube is an awesome demo and here we take it to the next level with a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’. This shows unique standing wave patters of sound in the box.

The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music. Thank you to Sune Nielsen and everyone at Aarhus for sharing this demonstration with me! And thanks for having me at your conference.

Music by Kevin MacLeod, www.Incompetech.com “Ice Flow”

Experimental: Human Rhythm Composer

May 2, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video shows how to use Oplab to make your own MIDI instruments from any objects.
For example, a drum kit from your friends, or perhaps a xylophone from sausages?
Click the video to play friends. Enjoy!

Oplab 01: Overview http://youtu.be/m00Pf8ZCf7A
Oplab 02: Sensors http://youtu.be/SrHQmk2hLtc
Oplab 03: Triggers http://youtu.be/F8FhBNeFCbk
Oplab 04: Sensors 202 http://youtu.be/4AUcMCBNxoM
Oplab 05: Human Rhythm Composer http://youtu.be/005697Msgd4

VlnVlaCelBass – Haken Continuum Rival String Instruments for Expression

April 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This video is a demonstration of the VlnVlaCelBass sound on the Continuum Fingerboard, performed by Edmund Eagan. This EaganMatrix string sound has been programmed to take advantage of the Continuum’s fast and accurate pressure sensing. Playing this sound with low velocity finger movement will create a smooth gentle start to each note. After the note starts volume and timbre changes can be applied by changing the pressure on the surface.

When played with a harder finger velocity, the sound gets more aggressive in it’s attack. This is due to the inclusion of timbre data that represents a real string attack.

The name of the sound includes the four names of the orchestral string family, violin, viola, cello, and double bass, reflecting the combined pitch range of these instruments. The sound is equally convincing and expressive at all pitches, even at the extremes.
Pressing the first foot pedal activates a mono mode which makes it easier to play fast monophonic intervals, such as whole tone or minor third trills.

The overall tonal character of the instrument can be changed by moving the Size barrel. Lower values of Size will create a larger sounding instrument, higher values a smaller one.

The VlnVlaCelBass uses the GrainSilo in the EaganMatrix, with a timbre element called Vla Sustained. The original source for this timbre element came from the first 100 milliseconds of a single note preformed by Rudolf Haken on a Pellegrina 5 string viola. This 100 milliseconds contains essential attack and sustain spectra. Through the power of the EaganMatrix formula structures, control of the timbre elements reference point, fundamental, spectral rolloff, spectral shift, and amplitude is mapped to the playing surface. The three dimensional performance of each finger can translate into exquisite control of this finite piece of data.

Flying Robot Rockstars

April 28, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a deconstructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.

Many thanks to Lockheed Martin and Intel Corporation for their support.

See this show and more live at the USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 26 & 27 in Washington, D.C.
http://www.usasciencefestival.org/
Lockheed Martin in the founding and presenting sponsor of the festival.

KMel Robotics (www.kmelrobotics.com)
Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig (www.kurtisfilms.com)
Music Arrangement and Sound Design by Dan Paul (www.danpaulmusic.com)

Turntable controlling modular synth

April 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

 

SYNTABLISM

April 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Syntablism is the art of using a turntable as a musical instrument to create and/or manipulate sound with a modular synthesizer.

Detritus 299

April 25, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Swiss artist Zimoun (previously) just unveiled a large installation inside the windows of the Museo d’Arte di Lugano in Switzerland. Titled 36 Ventilators, 4.7m3 Packing Chips, the kinetic artwork relies on large fans that perpetually blow clouds of packaging peanuts against the museum’s broad windowframes. At night the effect is especially eye-popping as it appears the entire space is filled with a turbulent white sea. Via bitforms gallery:

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of curiously collected material, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena blends effortlessly with electric reverberation in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions.

Another recent Zimoun piece is an installation at Orbital Garden in Bern using packaging paper and motorsthat similarly creates a water-like effect. (via Creative Applications which just launched a new print magazine,HOLO)

What Does Sound Look Like?

April 24, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

You can actually see sound waves as they travel through the air thanks to a clever photographic trick.

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Produced by Adam Cole
Hands shot by Meg Vogel

Schlieren images provided by Mike Hargather (http://infohost.nmt.edu/~mjh/people.html)
Amber Kates
Bobby Gold
J. W. Tang, A. Nicolle and J. Pantelic

MUSIC:
“Eileen” by Lee Rosevere
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee…

Pyro Board: 2D Rubens’ Tube!

April 19, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Rubens’ Tube is an awesome demo and here we take it to the next level with a two-dimensional ‘Pyro Board’. This shows unique standing wave patters of sound in the box.

The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music. Thank you to Sune Nielsen and everyone at Aarhus for sharing this demonstration with me! And thanks for having me at your conference.

Music by Kevin MacLeod, www.Incompetech.com “Ice Flow”

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