Mike Ladd (born 1959) is an Australian poet and radio presenter.
[Another of Ladd’s works from the same series was entitled] Seaweed, [and] grew out of a chance ﬁnd of a length of audio-cassette tape on a beach:
“I discovered the tape had songs recorded from the radio and children’s voices on it, and I produced the work by multi-tracking these stretched and backwards sounds and voices. Seaweed began an ongoing interest in the physical decay of audio-tape—perhaps reﬂecting the way sound always decays into silence, and that memory can also fade.”
Looking through Arduino projects using audio this week, to ind some techniques that may be useful for the Space Rock interactions:
Inspired by Active Matter, I am looking at materials for the Space Rock (other than the Jesmonite currently planned), including bits of space junk.
And dug out this cult classic as inspiration for the Space Rock audio content and narrative.
I Hear a New World is a studio concept album written and produced by Joe Meek with the Blue Men, partially released as an EP in 1960. The album was Meek’s pet project. He was fascinated by the space programme, and believed that life existed elsewhere in the solar system. This album was his attempt “to create a picture in music of what could be up there in outer space”, he explained. “At first I was going to record it with music that was completely out of this world but realized that it would have very little entertainment value so I kept the construction of the music down to earth”.
Markus Kison’s Touched Echo, using sound conducted through bones. Visitors put themselves into the place of the people who shut their ears away from the noise of the explosions. While leaning on the balustrade the sound of airplanes and explosions is transmitted from the swinging balustrade through their arm directly into into the inner ear (bone conduction).
And Leonel Moura’s Robotarium. The first zoo in the world for artificial life.
Drawing Machine by Fernando Orellana. Explores the notion of generative art or art that makes art on its own. The piece consists of a three tiered mobile sculpture that is driven by the vibration of a motor.