For the past year here in Rockland, Maine, I’ve been engaged in a series of projects that has led to my participation in the creation of Steel House, a hybrid design / prototyping studio, coworking space, educational space, and artistic laboratory. These links lead to more information:
(I created the interactive art installation visible on the wall in some of the photos.)
Please visit the Steel House website occasionally to see what else we’re up to!
I’m currently in the process of converting an old hole punching machine (a “Newborn Screen Laboratory Automated Blood Spot Punch”, according to the manual) into a big 3D printer. Chris Meyer, founder of Sector 67 and an accomplished engineer (which I am not), has been very generous in donating advice, time, and labor to this project. When we’re done, I’ll be able to print scores of approximate dimension 2′x2′. A photo of the machine in its current state is below.
I currently have some work in an exhibition called “Unstable Systems” at the Art Lofts Gallery of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My piece is called “Ecology No. 9″ and consists of algorithmically generated audio, a 3D-printed “score” of this audio, and an Arduino-powered device that coordinates audio playback with the movement of a pointer along the score. Here are a couple of photos of my piece:
Here’s the audio component of the piece:
And here’s an iPhone-filmed video so you can see the pointer device in action:
For the past few months, I’ve been working at creating 3D physical “scores” for my electronic music. Here’s a photo of a couple of them at Bookless, an event at the Madison (Wisconsin) Public Library last month:
One difficulty with this work is that it can be very hard for listeners/viewers to coordinate what they hear with what they see. Therefore, I am building an electronic device that coordinates a moving pointer with audio playback. This device will tell listeners/viewers explicitly when/where they are in a piece. I’m building this device around an Arduino board at Sector 67 with the help of Chris Meyer, the founder of Sector 67.