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.

Nick Ward’s exhibit

Visited Nicholas Ward’s exhibit at the The LAB (Foley Street, Dublin 1). It consists of two sheets of metal being electro-plated whilst being suspended on a balance, so as one sheet gains weight from the electroplating it dips further into the solution. Both sheets have a solenoid mounted on them which can set up vibrations on the plate which can knock off some of the excess electroplating. Two piezo’s and two loudspeakers add extra feedback and complexity…

kinetica museum

Visited the Kinetica museum in Spitalfields market. They are currently hosting a show curated by Cybersonica with a really good selection of sound art. The photo above shows a sequencer developed by Andrew Fentem of Spaceman-Technologies which uses small (yet suprisingly strong) magnets as the input to the step sequencer.
Worth trying to get to London to see the exhibiton while it’s still on!