Short links for June 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on June 10th, 2008:

# The Weather Box

Gian Pablo and Lesley Flanigan’s final project for Networked Objects.

Our original idea had been to retrieve weather information from the Internet for different cities, and use this as the basis for a simple melody. This basically what we delivered:

Gian Pablo Weather Box

The Weather Box is built into a tea box. Inside is an Arduino-based polyphonic synthesizer, with an XPort Internet access module. When dialing up one of the 8 cities, the box retrieves the weather information for that city from an NOAA server, and turns it into a simple melody.

Pressing the red button will replay the melody.

# ArcAttack – Home of the Singing Tesla Coils – Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew of ArcAttack uses high tech wizardry to present music in a whole new light. ArcAttack employs a unique DJ set up of their own creation (an HVDJ set up) to generate an ‘electrifying’ audio visual performance. The HVDJ pumps music through a PA System while two specially designed DRSSTC’s (Dual-Resonant Solid State Tesla Coils) act as separate synchronized instruments.

# Star Wars music played by a floppy drive – Don't throw out your old floppy drives just yet!

# Evolution2 Contest – Win 3x $30,000 – Due to the overwhelming success of the first Evolution contest in Europe, we are launching a worldwide version: Hobnox Evolution2. Submit a project into one of three categories and compete for one of three Artist Support Packages worth up to $30,000 each.

# Sound Design for Imaginary Instruments: A Kore-Prepared Piano

Peter Kirn writes:

In the last installment of “sound design for imaginary instruments,” we saw some experiments with guitar sounds. This time, I’ll talk about how nice it is to be able to throw together sampled sounds and effects quickly in Kore.

# SUB SUB WOOFER – capable of reproducing sound down to 1Hz – The speaker requires installation into a purpose built attic or basement space which works as an infinite baffle/resonant chamber so you don’t actually get to see the cone of the speaker oscillating at 1Hz, but you’ll feel it.


Short links for May 16th, 2008

Some interesting things I found on May 16th, 2008:

# Speaker Synth – A five-speaker array with no external audio input, created by Lesley Flanigan. The only components in the system are the instrument's speakers, piezoelectric microphones, amplifying circuits, and the hands of the performer.

Lesley Flanigan Speaker Synth
Lesley Flanigan with Speaker Synth in performance at Monkey Town, New York City, January 2008

From the project page:

Speaker Synth is played by positioning individual piezo microphones with their corresponding speakers and manipulating their associated on/off and volume controls to induce a variation of feedback effects. During the performance, samples from both Speaker Synth and a vocalist are captured and sequenced to build a dense sonic pallet of rhythms and melodies. The performance explores music making through structuring noise, highlighting relationships between analog and digital sound synthesis and between human voice and the voice of an instrument.

Check Lesley’s website for audio and video performances and more cool projects.

# Tonefloat – A bit of a mutant mobile milkbottle xylophone. Each bottle has a small electrical hammer behind it, which is 'played' by a midi keyboard or drum machine, and a few strings of wire 'n chips.

# Plague Bearer – designed to infect, corrupt and pervert a signal beyond recognition. It contains four Voltage-Controlled Resonant Bandpass filters that were designed with the goals of maximum signal alteration and maximum parameter controllability.

# Steppers – Steppers were designed to get kids up on their feet, moving, and playing with sound and music. An external sensor sandal is worn over a child’s shoes, noting each footstep, and, in real time, playing back sound effects/music to compliment their movement.

# MIDI Glockenspiel – Using an Arduino make a computer controller MIDI Glockenspiel.

# Mozart from Scrap-Made Mechanical Glockenspiel – A weight-driven automatic glockenspiel made from assorted recovered materials.

# Toriton plus prototype: first look – A more complex version of the Toriton musical instrument. It involves using five lasers instead of just the one.