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The Bubble Organ

bubble_organ1.jpgThe bubble organ is a musical instrument built by Aaron Wendel; it is made out of pieces of old furniture, and wood and rain gutters collected from the alleys and dumpsters around his apartment. It began as an attempt to explore the sounds of bubbling water inside of tubes and how to control the sound to created some form of musical composition.

The Bubble Organ begins with two balloons which attach to a pipe that hangs underneath the keyboard. Connected to this pipe are 12 small plastic tubes that run through the keys and into the drawer box. The keys are created out of clothespins and popsicle sticks, and pinch down on a piece of heat shrink tubing controlling the air flow of each tube. The tubes run from the keys into the wooden box from the bottom so that they stick up a couple inches vertically. Continue reading


Sep 28, 2007
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Electro-Acoustic Walkway

walkway.jpgChris Hand was commissioned by Rick Bamford of Essential Music for All “to design and program a device that would allow a roland SP-606 sampler to be controlled by a shed. Six sheds, in fact, each one produced by a different artist or group. This was the culmination of a public art project looking at what ordinary people get up to in their sheds. Found sounds from local participants were loaded onto a sampler in each shed, along with an amplifier and speakers. Each device comprised a BASIC stamp microcontroller with an ultrasonic sensor to detect proximity of audience members, triggering random sounds on the sampler via MIDI.” Link.


Jul 13, 2007
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Joseph Bertoluzzi’s Playable Bridge

soundingbridge.jpg“The purpose of the test was to check not the bridge’s soundness but its sound. The rather bizarre scene on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge near Poughkeepsie was part of Mr. Bertolozzi’s audacious plan to transform the span into an orchestra, compose a piece for it, then actually perform the work live with a small army of percussionists. It is a musical undertaking on a vast scale and one that has brought oddly harmonious marriages among the worlds of art and government, music and engineering. Mr. Bertolozzi, 48, has been meticulously harvesting a multitude of sounds from the structure: not just the cables, which on playback create woo-wooing effects or sounds like a bass guitar, but the spindles below guardrails, the rails themselves, the interior and flanges of innumerable I-beams, connecting metal plates and the grates between walkways. Continue reading


Jul 3, 2007
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Live Stage: Manchester : Peripheral [uk UK]

pic-kelzo.jpgManchester : Peripheral – a soundclash of voices and music from across the city can be seen at Kro Piccadilly and around Piccadilly Gardens :: 29 June – 29 July 2007 :: Sun – Thurs, 8am – midnight, Fri – Sat, 8am – 8.30pm.

Manchester : Peripheral is a networked installation which remixes and replays music, voices and ambient sound recorded in Moss Side, Levenshulme and Ancoats & Clayton. Driven in real-time by votes from special control kiosks in each ward, Manchester : Peripheral uses digital media to create a continually evolving soundscape, plotting a new relationship between city centre and its surrounding areas. As cities change, things get left behind. Things get forgotten. In Manchester, urban redevelopment has left many communities and cultures ignored or excluded – communities that are central to the city’s history and its continued vitality. Continue reading


Jun 28, 2007
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Phonography Archive

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Jun 1, 2007
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ANALOG arts ensemble

galapagos07.jpgANALOG arts ensemble :: Amsterdam · Baltimore · Los Angeles · Kansas City · Nagoya · New York · Omaha · Portland ::

ANALOG arts ensemble is a network of artists and musicians that is rapidly making its mark on the contemporary music scene. With an universal sensibility, ANALOG programs have consistently edged classical music into new terrain, where concerts are organically shaped by an unpredictable array of artistic disciplines. A typical event might offer Stockhausen’s music alongside Bjork’s while the audience roams around the performance space, observing isolated musicians as objets d’art. Continue reading


May 27, 2007
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Micro Radio

microradio.jpgBy using records, cassettes, and a radio transmitter to perform live sound collages, Kristen Roos pays homage to the history of the phonograph, tape and radio as tools for the development of experimental sound art. His alternative use of commercial media is also a Situationist technique—detournement, in which a familiar medium is re-purposed to create something new.

The Micro Radio project started as a site-specific sound and radio project in 2005. It involved collecting site specific sounds, creating compositions, and broadcasting them back to the collection site. Roos stored the sounds on his laptop and broadcast using a low-power radio transmitter (capable of transmitting 150 feet). Continue reading


May 18, 2007
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Live Stage: {R} A K E [Brooklyn, NY]

zachlayton.jpg{R} A K E: May 17, 8 – 10:30 pm :: Monkey Town, 58 North 3rd Street (bet. Kent & Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn :: 718 384-1369 :: Limited seating, reservations recommended :: $7 :: Christian Pincock (music), Andrew Demirjian (video/music), Jane Rigler (music) :: Zachary Layton (video/music) :: Bubblyfish (Haeyoung Kim) (music), Alessandro Imperato (video).

{R}ake is a performance series of alternative and collaborative electro-acoustic music and video. Performances range from pure improvisation to more structured pieces, with video-artists and musicians working together in exploratory ways. Continue reading


May 18, 2007
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Live Stage: AWSoM [uk Leigh, UK]

awsom.jpgAWSoM – Ambient Weather Sound Machine:: May 20, 2007, 10.30 am – 4 pm :: Essex Wildlife Trust, Two Tree Island, only 15 minutes walk from Leigh on Sea station (map).

AWSoM is a free media artwork that integrates meteorological sensors (temperature, windspeed, direction and motion) to trigger and manipulate sound samples recorded on Two Tree Island nature reserve. Samples of wildlife – including the rare avocet bird – in competition with trains, planes, automobiles, dogs and people, create ambient sound and music responding to changing environmental patterns. The project is a collaboration between artists Stuart Bowditch and Damien Robinson and the Mediashed. Continue reading


May 15, 2007
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Silence of the Lands

aspens.jpgSilence of the Lands enables participants to map and annotate the soundscape of urban and natural environments. Participants can record and collect ambient sounds, create and share acoustic cartographies, and use them as conversation pieces of a social dialogue on the sonic environment. The result is an ecomuseum in which personal acoustic ecologies are translated into an affective geography that changes over time according to participants’ perceptions and interpretations of their environmental setting.

A Community of Soundscapes in Boulder, Colorado: Applications for participating in the Boulder program will close on May 21st, 2007. Participants in the project will be involved in activities of sound mapping from July 23 to August 10, 2007. Continue reading


May 14, 2007
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