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Solar Singers Return

I was awarded a Scholarly and Creative Activities seed grant of $2000 to support the production of up to 300 autonomous units that I talked about in my research in a post from 2010.We will be able to produce a wide number and range of these units which would are stable enough to withstand normal climate changes. I want to install the work in outdoor locations for extended periods of time.  The grant is going to really help with the costs of this project; I am most excited about hiring research assistants from my advanced students.

I wasn’t sure why I wanted to install these in the natural setting until I had a few more experiences living with the work. I was living amongst a limited number (ten or so) of the autonomous singers and I began to notice some interesting phenomena.

The song from ten of these units was really complex. It shifts through alignment and interference of the signals and create a complex set of rhythms. An electronic musician was visiting the studio one night and we had a very interesting discussion about the how work exhibits the basics of emergence theory . My second observation is that throughout the day the chirps emitted change as the angle of the sun/shade, clouds, etc. would move by. This emergent chorus shifts with the environment; the changes create a soundscape that is directly tracking the movement of time and really resonated on physical level. It is an ecosystem of input and response emerging. It is very strange and wondrous, you can feel this deeply and intuitively.

Otto’s Ghost

Otto’s Ghost is the name for the installation of the autonomous sound units that I have written many posts about. I along with a group of 6 research assistants fabricated 300 of the beasts over the summer for a October 30th debut at the Art in Odd Places 2013 in Greensboro NC. The AiOP is a long running project from artist/director Ed Woodham and this version was in coordination with SECAC 2013. Many thanks to funding source that helped us get there: UWF Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant, UWF SGA Travel Grant, and the kind support of the UWF Department of Art.

Otto's Ghost sample from kid Neutrino on Vimeo.

Otto’s Ghost sample from kid Neutrino on Vimeo.

 

I wasn’t sure why I wanted to install these in the natural setting until I had a few more experiences living with the work. I was living amongst a limited number (ten or so) of the autonomous singers and I began to notice some interesting phenomena.

The song from ten of these units was really complex. It shifts through alignment and interference of the signals and create a complex set of rhythms. A friend introduced me to renowned psychologist and musician, Dr. Michael DeMaria at a studio one evening; we had a very interesting discussion about the how work exhibits the basics of emergence theory . My second observation is that throughout the day the chirps emitted change as the angle of the sun/shade, clouds, etc. would move by. This emergent chorus shifts with the environment; the changes create a soundscape that is directly tracking the movement of time and really resonated on physical level. It is an ecosystem of input and response emerging. It is very strange and wondrous, you can feel this deeply and intuitively.

autonomous singers

i want to introduce two new autonomous circuits i have built and added to my e-beastiary. the circuits are variations based on the solarsoundmodul by Ralf Schreiber. the critters are photovoric singers that employ a Schmitt Hex Inverter IC, resistors, capacitors, piezo buzzers, and a photovoltaic cell. the modulation is slightly different on each output pin from the varied combination of capacitance and resistance. they range from creaking to screaming, lilting to terse. more…

Parhelion

Parhelion is a projection environment sited at Villa Montalvo’s Love Temple during the Starry Starry Night program. Realtime images of the Sun from satellite observatories are cast on the ceiling of the temple structure providing a low and ambient light near and around the structure.. This video installation allows visitors to do the extraordinary: stare into the intricacies of the Sun throughout the night.

Parhelion is a collaborative production. Team members: Thomas Asmuth: lead, video, and logistics. Sarah Lowe: materials and installation. Ethan Miller: code. James Morgan: telemetry. Wayne and Rebecca Madsen: code.