An evening spent in the Mesopotamian & Egyptian rooms at the British Museum. Full flickr set of photos here.
Today was partly spent constructing four identical containers for the speakers and nano boards to start playing with the interactions and connectivity of the various space objects / Rocks.
Some further sketches for the Space Rock shapes. These based on collages of the original shapes created.
Some sketches for possible installation of Space Rock objects.
Sounds generated from the various symbols featured on the Pioneer plaque, using Alchemy.
Discovered the artist Amulets this week. He works with cassettes, players, tape loops and effects , creating woozy soundscapes and atmospheres from these simple sources. Of particular interest is the physical aspect of what he does, manipulating the sounds and machines in real time.
Also reading The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio, with a view to developing a more theoretical approach to the sound that will be part of my final installation.
Currently experimenting with combining simple tones to make chords / walls of sound, using this for reference: Frequencies for equal-tempered scale, A4 = 440 Hz
Also read this piece recently on FACT – The Sound of Fear, which mentioned the Ghost Tape Number 10, which was unpacked in this podcast a while ago. An interesting example of using sound to play on people’s cultural preconceptions.
During the Vietnam conflict, US troops played a soundtrack known as Ghost Tape Number 10 against the soldiers of the National Liberation Front. Used as part of Operation Wandering Soul, the unsettling tape collage tapped into Vietnamese beliefs that ancestors not buried in their homeland roam without rest in the afterlife. This spooky mix of voice, sound and music was intended to haunt Vietnamese soldiers and encourage them to abandon their cause.
Quite intrigued by this visualisation of sound in space via AR. Discovered this while reading about the Weird Type AR app.
I have also been investigating a few options for networking and interacting with the objects that will be the 3D models in the installation.
One is X BEE – apparently “the Digi XBee3 Series offers design freedom with easy-to-add functionality and flexible wireless connectivity.”
Another is the Google’s Project SOLI, a sensor which recognises hand gestures.
And finally, a MIDI controller ring, The Wave, as featured on TechCrunch.
Sadly the last two will not be available for a few months yet.
Another collage set exploring the concept of future cityscapes or spaces. These were created using screenshots from some initial MAX MSP experiments during a recent workshop learning the program.
This text was written as part of a workshop based on a series of five randomly-selected images that were originally sent into space as part of the Voyager Golden Record in 1977.
The Quartet. 19/03/2018
Families gathered outside in the street. At the gate. Stopping for a while to take in the music. Many others also came to listen. Standing still. They wondered at the sound. They too had seen the moon landings. But it took some time to connect the sounds of the instruments to the pictures from the night before. The grainy capsule. The crackling voices beamed down, announcing the moment that would change us all. Or at least most of us.
Out in the Desert, a lonely figure wandered with this horse, scanning the horizon for signs of life. At his side was a small listening device. A radio, tuned to static, waiting to receive some sound. Occasionally the rider stops, tunes, looking for signals. As he tunes, he once again see scans the horizon. Once or twice he looks back at his trail. Where he came from. As he had little idea where he was going. Just had to find the end to this desert. He rode, stopped, tuned, rode again. He had food and water for a few days more.
Some sketches investigating 5 shapes that can fit together into one sculpture.