Witnesses Trikaya @ Ottawa School of Art
N.B.Aldrich and I debuted a new installation called Witnesses: Trikaya at Ottawa School of Art in Ontaria Canada.
In Witnesses: Trikaya, circuit-bent Buddhist chantboxes respond to footage of Chinese incursions in Tibet.
The show is up until Nov 22 2015. Complete documentation will follow.
Lots of updates to D.I.Y. section
I recently updated the D.I.Y. Resources section of this site:
- An LED lamp for my workbench made of flexible coolant hose
- Experiments with hacking FM transmitters to creat reliable short range radio links
- Adding synchronized digital sound to a Steenbeck 16mm flatbed film editor
- Fixing intermittent frozen trackpad problems on an Acer laptop
- Testing cheap USB 7.1 audio interfaces on Mac OS X
Also, all audio clips are now streamed via html5, so they should work on mobile devices. (Sorry, most of the videos are still Flash for now.)
Tune in to Pond Station!
Pond Station is a modular platform for monitoring the hidden activity of a freshwater pond at Wave Farm in Acra, NY. It floats on the water’s surface, broadcasting underwater sounds through a live radio link from dawn to evening every day (using solar-charged internal batteries).
Listen to the live web stream and archived sounds here.
May 2 – REVEIL Live Broadcast from Pond Station
SoundCamp is a series of outdoor listening events on International Dawn Chorus Day, linked by REVEIL: a 24 hour broadcast that tracks the sounds of daybreak, traveling West from microphone to microphone, relayed live by audio streamers around the globe. Sounds are provided by the Locus Sonus network and other streamers, together with a collection of live audio sources assembled for this broadcast.
In conjunction with SoundCamp/REVEIL I’m throwing the switch on a new installation: Pond Station is a long-term modular platform for monitoring the hidden activity of a freshwater pond near the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra, NY. Sitting above the surface of the water, and powered by solar-charged internal batteries, Pond Station detects vibrations of light and underwater sound and broadcasts them to the Study Center (and the web) through a live radio link.
60×60 Wave Farm Mix
My 1-minute composition “8 Translations” was selected as part of 60×60 Wave Farm Mix.
Vox Novus and Wave Farm are delighted to collaborate on a special edition of 60×60 focused on Radio Art. Selected from an international open call, 60 works (created with, for, about radio and transmission) with durations of 60 seconds, comprise this eleventh annual 60×60 project.
Or come to a live listening event at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn on April 30th 5-9pm where 60×60 Wave Farm Mix will be played as part of Amplitude Live, a sonic happening featuring performances and ecstatic utterances from artists in the Columbia School of the Arts Sound Arts program.
World Listening Day 2014
Yesterday was World Listening Day, which the World Listening Project describes as a time to:
- Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
- Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore the Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
- Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.
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.)
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
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
Sferics 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
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.
Circuit 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!