Prepared Radio

Here are two videos of Robin Price‘s audio-visual radio installation. The top video shows just the visualisation and the lower video shows the whole installation being used. Robin is a colleague in SARC and is working on database-driven musical interfaces/instruments. The radio installation shown here builds a database in real-time of sounds from the radio, which are then placed back in the radio-stream as the user plays with the radio.

“Ground Me” Sonic Art MA installation

Just attended the first of the MA students installations. Javier Jaimovich’s “Ground Me” takes place in the Sonic Lab. As you enter you are confronted with a series of metal pipes and chairs hanging from the ceiling. When you touch one of the pipes at the same time as either the labs metal grid floor, or one of the hanging chairs, you effectively ‘ground’ the signal, and a loud electric shock sound is played. This proves to be remarkably effective, and the first few times you make contact, it feels like you’re actually receiving a small electric shock, even though the voltage used is so low there’s no chance of being able to feel this (except perhaps by grounding with your tongue, which was observed a few times). Other interesting ways of playing the installation involved holding hands between people to provide a longer chain to reach the tubes suspended higher up.

Wire and Balloon Installation

Helped Tom Davis install his piano-wire, balloons, motors and piezo installation in SARC‘s sonic lab. Piano-wires were strung vertically between the floor panels and the lighting-rig each with a balloon attached to act as an amplifier. Each balloon had a piezo (contact mic.) attached to it which were used to drive the motors to pluck another balloons string. Complex feedback occurs when a balloon or string is touched by the audience.