Sunday, November 27, 2005

small amplifier

maybe we could use these small amplifiers within the unit to boost
the volume.

troika electroprobes

Troika is a design studio in Brixton. Sebastian Noel is one of the founders and a friend of Moritz. I'm going to contact him for advice on the technology used for the electroprobe. I've met him before and he seems like a pretty friendly guy.

Check out the rest of their work, some quite interesting stuff.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

sound and memory

Not quite sure what's going on here but something to do with sound, memory and 3000 white LEDs :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

contact microphone uses by artists

- Stephen Vitello: listen to contact-mics' sounds:

- Jason Kahn: “one hour as snow”
i live in zurich and during our last big storm of the winter i recorded the sound of falling snow from my balcony--contact microphones attached to aluminum foil, onto which the snow fell; and bare contact microphones coming into contact with the falling snow. the resulting soundfiles were then variously equalized and sometimes filtered, and some left in their natural state. these recordings were originally made for an eight-channel sound installation which i did at diapason gallery in new york. i'd now like to bring everything down to two channels and expand the piece to one hour.

- Brandon LaBelle,

- John Cage,

'do it yourself' - Contact Microphones

Monday, November 21, 2005

audio-equipment 'eBay'

here's a link for second-hand audio stuff. Brian Eno is supposed to be selling his old synthesizers there currently..


The links don't seem to be working - cut and paste in navigation bar.

some research areas

Here are some sites which might be worth looking at. Some are not very specific to the project.

more futurist music and intoners

ditigal stethoscope - wi-fi transmission


dunne and raby - tunable cities. Dunne and Raby's website is worth a browse through

hertzian space

Sky ear - interaction with architecture and envirionment

bugging devices

some more ideas

This is a development of the 'sound-sucker' concept into a similar device that has an integrated amplifier and speaker. Having these devices scattered around the space to pick up sounds from surfaces or every-day electronic devices and play them back with controlled tempo or pitch, allows for a improvising music-making and a multidirectional sound experience (as opposed to the classic stereo system). The instuments for doing this, are - like the 'sucker' concept - everyday-sounds we never usually appreciate and everyday electronic devices.

thinking from last week

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Serenading mice:

How romantic!

2nd presentation

This is a summary of what we've been up to since Oct. 17. Images are slides from the 2nd crit on Nov 11.

- The initial idea was to have sevaral distinct sounds and music clips that would corespond to the images as playback. Furtanetly, Duncan thought it would be better to have a continious piece, which proved to be right- it had quite an effect..
We went for Biosphere’s, Fluviamorphologie (can be listened to from, because of its mix of natural and artificial sounds which to us resemble flowing water and electromegnetic field interferences.

- Have you ever noticed, that a change of a song during a party can change the flow of conversation between people within seconds? What triggers that?
We decided to move the affective music player concept from the individual to groups of people. Specifically, to social occasions.

- Concept sketch of affective music playback for a dinner party. People’s ‘emotions’ are monitored by common objects they use during the social activity. A champagne glass with a skin resistance sensor hidden in its ‘neck’ and a wireless data transmitter on the basis. Similar concepts for cuttlery and table-cloths. The collective data is gathered by a software on your PC which controls the music being played. The algorithm is based on a simplified ‘happy/sad’ concept which is being controlled by the song’s pitch and tempo.

Design Objective: make the technology less intrusive (hidden?) and most intuitive (take advantage of usual human habits) as possible.

‘Deposite your feelings..’
Affective music player concept for clubs. Distribute physiological data-sensing pols around the dancing area. By touching them, people give their body-input, which is assembled and affects the music being played. This enables interaction with the sounds, the space and possibly with other people as well .

- You can probably tell more form what a person listens, than how that person looks like..
We liked this idea very much. Duncan thought it would be a nice idea if you could listen into what the iPod next to yours, on the street or in the tube, is currently playing. Pretty much like the sharing option on iTunes, but you only listen to what the person next to you is listening at that moment. Is it sneaking into other people’s personal moment or is it actually sharing?
Next day, we found out that MIT Media Lab Europe has already realized this idea. It’s called TunA and information can be found here..,1412,61427,00.html

1st presentation

These are some slides from the first presentation we did on 17. Oct, showing our initial thoughts for a product.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Links to the work of the Italian Futurists and The Art of Noise

testing - 1,2,3

Sunday, November 13, 2005