World Listening Day 2014

July 19th, 2014

sonic_logo_smallYesterday was World Listening Day, which the World Listening Project describes as a time to:

To that end, Sonic Terrain has produced a FREE compilation of field-recordings from around the world. My track “Many Callers” is included on the Dimension album. It was recorded in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and features some of the most high-pitched crickets you’ve ever heard, joined by the call-to-prayer from several distant mosques.

There will be several more albums released in the next few days so download them all and enjoy. (Also, check out last year’s compilation here.)

Film-O-Sync updated

April 13th, 2014

film-o-sync-icon-webRecently I was happy to discover that somebody is actually using my Film-O-Sync software to play digital audio in sync with film projection.

But… he needed to sync to Super8 instead of 16mm. I updated the software so it now supports any frame-rate, including the Super8 standard of 18fps. You can download the new version here: Film-O-Sync

BrightSign Video Sync Scripts

November 15th, 2013

BrightSign with Apple Logo StickerYes, you can use BrightSign media players with a Mac!

BrightSign HD220 players are perfect for displaying multichannel video work. (They sync over Ethernet and they’re cheaper and more reliable than Mac Minis running my MultiScreener software). Most people use the Windows-only BrightAuthor software to configure their players. I’ve collected some simple scripts that make it easy to set up the players without BrightAuthor.
(You can do it on Mac, Windows, or Linux).

Info and download here.


Sferics 2: Bell Cloud in the Portland Biennial

November 8th, 2013

Sferics 2 - Wide ShotSferics 2: Bell Cloud (a collaboration with N.B.Aldrich) uses atmospheric radio energy (“sferics”) to control a room full of mechanized bells. A bell rings whenever lightning strikes within several hundred miles.

It is currently installed at the Portland Museum of Art for the 2013 Portland Biennial (October 3 2013 – January 5 2014).

Full documentation here.

Circuit Bending @ University of Maine

October 8th, 2013

Orono Circuit Bending Talk - pre showOrono Circuit Bending Talk - speaking

I was invited to give a talk about circuit bending at the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine at Orono in September. It was the first artist lecture in their new building.

Orono Circuit Bending WorkshopCircuit Bending is the practice of altering readymade electronics to expand their sonic vocabulary, subverting the intentions of their designers through creative short-circuits. In the 1960′s and 1970′s musicians like Sonic Arts Union and David Tudor embraced the serendipity that arose from an improvised understanding of the circuits they were building from scratch. Buoyed by the growing acceptance of indeterminacy and the proliferation of digital technology, successive generations have re-purposed the sophisticated circuits inside sound toys and musical instruments. There are now circuit bending music festivals, sculptural installations based on hacked hardware, and numerous guides to the craft itself. My talk situates the work of some well-known circuit benders within the history of electronic music, culture-jamming, remix culture, and the emerging “maker” ethos.

We also did a workshop where participants brought electronic noisemakers to cajole and mangle into otherworldy contraptions. It was great fun. Thanks Orono IMFA!

Video of the lecture, IMFA event poster, relevant page from my Sound Art class syllabus

Wave Farm Residency Wrap-Up

October 2nd, 2013

Recording Flies with a Light ListenerIt took awhile, but I finally posted documentation of this summer’s work during our residency at the Wave Farm.

N.B.Aldrich and I taught a workshop, recorded some cicadas, chased flies with binoculars, and put an FM transmitter in a pond.

But wait… there’s more. Lots to hear over here.

June 15: Interview and Playlist on WGXC 90.7 FM

May 14th, 2013

June 15, 2013: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

free103point9 Online Radio
Acra, NY

WGXC 90.7-FM: Hands-on Radio
90.7-FM and
Tune in to hear this show.

Tune in to hear Wave Farm Artists-in-residence Zach Poff and N.B.Aldrich speak with Tom Roe about their work, as well as a special playlist created by Poff and Aldrich focusing on sounds beyond the limits of perception including: David Dunn’s insect recordings, the micro improvisations of Jeph Jerman and Greg Davis, the raw contact-mic verite of Toshiya Tsunoda, and electromagnetic recordings from Alvin Lucier & Christina Kubisch.

The link:

June 15: Sensor Building Workshop at Wave Farm

May 14th, 2013

Join us in the Catskills to make contact mics, hydrophones, and light listeners. No experience required, but you need to bring a sound-recorder (a smartphone will work in a pinch).

June 15, 2013
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

free103point9 Wave Farm Study Center
WGXC 90.7-FM Acra Studio
5662 Route 23
Acra, NY 12405

Join Wave Farm Artists-in-Residence Zach Poff and N.B.Aldrich for a sensor-building workshop where participants make inexpensive hydrophones, contact mics, and similar small “sensors,” to plug into attendee’s own portable recorders or smartphones. Contact microphones record sound from contact, and hydrophones pick up sound under water. Contact mics and hydrophones will also be made at this workshop to be permanently installed on the Wave Farm Study Center building, and in the stream in front of the building, to be “played” live on WGXC anytime in the future. This workshop is limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required. A workshop fee of $20 covers electronic supplies, and lunch.

Email Galen Joseph-Hunter ( to secure your spot.

The link:

2013 Biennial – Portland Museum of Art

April 24th, 2013

Portland Biennial LogoIn October, N.B.Aldrich and I will participate in the 2013 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine.

We will debut a new piece that uses local VLF natural radio activity (“sferics”) to control a room full of electro-acoustic sculptures.

Updates to come as the piece develops.

Upcoming Residency at Wave Farm

April 22nd, 2013

Wave Farm Study CenterIn June N.B.Aldrich and I will be 2013 resident artists at the Wave Farm in upstate NY, headquarters of the free103point9 Transmission Arts organization.

We will be investigating electromagnetic fields, underwater sounds, and micro vibrations throughout the wooded campus, culminating in a set of reactive electro-acoustic sculptures. I’ll post more info as the project develops.

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