Witnesses Trikaya @ Ottawa School of Art

November 3rd, 2015

Witnesses Trikaya Ottawa - panorama (600px)

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

August 19th, 2015

I recently updated the D.I.Y. Resources section of this site:

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!

July 4th, 2015

PondStation-DSLR-sunny-close-widePond 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

April 19th, 2015

Soundcamp2015-bannerSoundCamp 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.

Pond Station will be included in the UTC-5 section of the REVEIL broadcast.

60×60 Wave Farm Mix

April 19th, 2015

60x60_WaveFarm_logoMy 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.

Listen here.

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

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

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