Steel House

Written by  on April 8, 2014

Hello all,

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:

http://www.rocklandsteelhouse.com/blog
http://www.rocklandsteelhouse.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Steel-House/438678476266945

(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!

Backlighting

Written by  on January 16, 2013

I’m working on a backlighting system for my 3D-printed scores that will move in time with the music. Here’s a very brief demo video (the audio is just background noise):

Another 3D Print

Written by  on December 12, 2012

This is a draft “score” of a new composition, with bike helmet for scale.

big_3D_score

A 3D Print

Written by  on November 20, 2012

I have – of course – run into and around various and sundry obstacles in transforming my printer from “functional” to “useful”. But it’s working pretty well now. Below is a flower vase I printed today (with an apple for scale).

Vase

Big 3D Printer is Functional!

Written by  on September 20, 2012

I finally have something to show for the past 5 months of toil! Now that the large majority of the work of fabrication is behind me, I can get back to making music and art.

3D Printer Tidbit

Written by  on June 25, 2012

This is part of the 3D printer I’m building. I printed it with another 3D printer. So: printers are printing other printers!

Building a Big 3D Printer

Written by  on May 29, 2012

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.

Unstable Systems

Written by  on April 15, 2012

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:

closeup

group

Here’s the audio component of the piece:

And here’s an iPhone-filmed video so you can see the pointer device in action:

Arduino &c.

Written by  on February 25, 2012

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:

3D scores

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.

Welcome!

Written by  on February 20, 2012

Welcome to my new website! I have been gradually uploading content, which you can find under “Video Works” and “Electronic Music with Graphic Scores”. More will appear forthwith…