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Skatesonic

Skatesonic, uses the motions and sounds of skateboards and explores their inherent ambient rhythm to create music. In a way, each move translates to musical parameters and the rider ends up skating through a landscape of music (which s/he influences over time). Related post >>


Nov 22, 2006
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Live Transmissions

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Implications of Paranoia in Sound Art

These days, a radio is a common transmitter of music and information. Historically, radios have had notorious alternative functions as instruments of surveillance. In this article, Anastasiya Osipova discusses how recent sound artists have incorporated the psychology of paranoia into their work, fitting for an environment where surveillance is constant and technology is fervently deployed to detect that which is hidden.

“Newly recruited member of the Resistance walks down the street. Anxiety circulates under his skin. Several uniformed men block his way. “What is inside your suitcase, sir?” “Radio.” They let him pass. He walks into what appears to be a shop, hands the radio transmitter to a portly woman who is standing firm on her high heels, cigarette held to her mouth. At that moment he feels that she, who he is seeing for the first time in life, is closer to him than any family member could possibly be.
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Nov 21, 2006
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Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?

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Experiencing Aural Architecture

Spaces Speak, Are You Listening? Experiencing Aural Architecture by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter :: We experience spaces not only by seeing but also by listening. We can navigate a room in the dark, and “hear” the emptiness of a house without furniture. Our experience of music in a concert hall depends on whether we sit in the front row or under the balcony. The unique acoustics of religious spaces acquire symbolic meaning. Social relationships are strongly influenced by the way that space changes sound. In Spaces Speak, Are You Listening?, Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter examine auditory spatial awareness: experiencing space by attentive listening. Every environment has an aural architecture.

The audible attributes of physical space have always contributed to the fabric of human culture, as demonstrated by prehistoric multimedia cave paintings, classical Greek open-air theaters, Gothic cathedrals, acoustic geography of French villages, modern music reproduction, and virtual spaces in home theaters. Auditory spatial awareness is a prism that reveals a culture’s attitudes toward hearing and space. Some listeners can learn to “see” objects with their ears, but even without training, we can all hear spatial geometry such as an open door or low ceiling.
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Nov 21, 2006
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Light Bead Curtain

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Woven Sounds

Light Bead Curtain is an interactive sound installation consisting of a curtain made of interactive beads. Each of the beads light up and emit a unique sound when touched by a user, enabling passers-by to play with the curtain by weaving their hands through it. The simple and direct interaction with the curtain makes users understand how to play. Although the primary goal of the curtain is to engage its users in play, the curtain can also function as an interactive display, as each bead can be controlled and programmed via a computer.

Light Bead Curtain is created by Ami Wolf and Jin-Yo Mok. The latter also created the SoniColumn. Via Interactive Architecture dot Org. [blogged by Lene Mailund on Digital Experience]


Nov 16, 2006
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Volume Over Lumen

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Volume Over Lumen is a rhythm communicator for several people. Each participant wears a silicone collar which sends a rhythmically arranged sound. A particular sound is generated for each participant according to an analysis of their voice. LEDs in the collar create a halo of pulsating light that radiates around the wearer. If another partecipant comes within the range of the collar, he or she can hear the sound generated by the collar worn by the first person. But if he or she comes within the range of several collars, then it’s a mix of the various sound compositions that will be heard. Continue reading


Nov 14, 2006
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Toriton Plus:

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Water Surface as Music Controller II

A slightly more complex version of using a water surface as a music controller featuring five lasers instead of just the one. Please note that this is a prototype version, and as such does not represent the variety of output for the finished thing.


Nov 10, 2006
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BrainWaves

BrainWaves is a musical performance by cultured cortical cells interfacing with multielectrode arrays. Eight electrodes recorded neural patterns that were filtered to eight speakers after being sonified by robotic and human interpretation. Sound patterns followed neural spikes and waveforms, and also extended to video, with live visualizations of the music and neural patterns in front of a mesmerized audience. Teams from two research labs designed and engineered the project; read more from collaborator Gil Weinberg. Continue reading


Nov 10, 2006
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Onliness v1.0.1: Open Source Music

pinkcd_plastbag2_1.gifWhen one speaks of ‘open source culture,’ they are typically referring to the social conditions created in an atmosphere of sharing. Open source software is not only freely available, its source code is also revealed to encourage collective authorship, improvement, and personalization. The increasing popularity of such publishing contexts has led to a broader movement of activists, coders, lawyers, artists, and others questioning contemporary copyright law, and challenging the ‘code’ that prohibits collaboration. American sound artist Demon Doctor carries these concerns over into his work, equating music with language and sounds with letters, ultimately asking ‘who owns the alphabet.’ Continue reading


Nov 10, 2006
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GypsyMIDI: Body as Musical Instrument

gypsey.pngThe Gypsy MIDI controller turns the human body into a musical instrument, gizmag, January 26, 2006.

Dance and music go together. Intuitively, we know they have common elements, and while we cannot even begin to understand what they are or how they so perfectly complement one another, it is clear that they are both are an expression of something deep and fundamental within all human beings. Both express things that words cannot – beyond intellect, they are perhaps two of the fundamental building blocks of human expression, common to the souls of all people. Which is why when we saw this machine which links the two, we knew there was something special brewing. Continue reading


Nov 8, 2006
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New Musical Experiences: Reactable

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Fantastic next-gen music-making interface – somewhat similar to Jeff Han’s Multi-touch interface, which imploded all the interaction design mailing lists a few months back – and with some genuine possibilities for the kind of tactile, embodied instrument interfaces I suggested at the end of New Musical Experiences. [posted by Dan Hill City of Sound]


Nov 7, 2006
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