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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:06 pm
by Martin Walker
::vtol:: MSM mk2 - second version of metaphase sound machine

You can rely on our old friend ::vtol:: to consistently come up with innovative sounds/machines, and here's a cracker!

"The Metaphase Sound Machine is a kind of homage to the ideas of the American physicist Nick Herbert who in the 1970s has created both Metaphase Typewriter (Fig. 1) and Quantum Metaphone (a speech synthesizer). These were some of the first attempts to put the phenomenon of quantum entanglement in practice and one of the first steps towards the creation of a quantum computer."

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The project is co-commissioned by FutureEverything (Manchester) and Laboratoria Art&Science Space (Moscow)

Here's the hardware breakdown:

- stepper motors
- geiger counter
- 6 microphones
- 6 micro-speakers
- 1 channel, 20W sound system with 6 speakers
- arduino

software:

- pure data



Lots more info available here: http://vtol.cc/filter/works/metaphase-sound-machine


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 3:38 pm
by Martin Walker
The Apples in stereo: Teletron Mind-Control Interface for Synthesizer

Well you can't get much more innovative than this!

"Robert Schneider (The Apples in stereo singer/producer) practices using the Teletron, a modified Mattel MindFlex toy that uses EEG sensors, to play a Moog analog synth with his thoughts."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ0So3q9cT0

Coolio! 8-)


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2018 4:04 pm
by blinddrew
I've seen the future, and it scares the willies out of me. :o

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:13 pm
by blinddrew
Guessing a few of you will have seen this already but here's a fascinating video about constructing the next generation of the marble machine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFuUSe44jtk

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:31 pm
by Martin Walker
Phénomène Vibratoire N°4,2 ARAN part 3

"My unusual instruments during my concerts are presented as sound sculptures and provoke curiosity on how they will sound.
I position myself in the center of this set-up, as an orchestra conductor, creating an integration between Man and Machine.
Who directs who ? who plays what ? who plays the instrumental notes ? who processes the computer ?

I tell stories, imaginary sound poems.
The audience is invited in a surreal world where they will hear new sounds, as they can see me operate my sound machines."



Bruno Billaudeau builds some beautiful-looking and sounding instruments - see/hear for yourself:

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Now listen to it in action:


Give it time - it's a slow start, but it builds and builds. Magnifique! 8-)


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:07 pm
by Martin Walker
Pendulum Music Steve Reich 1968

This is an oldy but goody from the famous minimalist composer.

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Now listen to the fascinating results: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU6qDeJPT-w


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:10 pm
by ManFromGlass
Pulling out the power chords instead of turning the amp off?
Ah showbiz and the minimal possibility of fire or electrocution!
Exciting!

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:03 pm
by Martin Walker
Sonica: Infinite Lives

"Robots, kinetic sculptures, modified technology and real live sea monkeys populate Robbie Thomson’s new work, inspired by the farthest extent of our perceptions. Infinite Lives turns Kings Place into a science laboratory, as the weird and fascinating objects come to life with special lighting effects, video footage and an irresistible electronic beat, experimenting with the limits of our own consciousness."



Love the kinetic head!


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:04 pm
by Martin Walker
The Eggiophone

"The Eggiophone is a fully chromatic controller instrument made out of plastic eggs, conductive black paint made by Bare Conductive and a Teensy microcontroller. In addition to the pitched eggs there are 3 potentiometer knobs and 5 momentary buttons which I use to move up and down octaves and as gated loopers. As the Eggiophone is a midi controller it can be used to play any sound in the world when connected to midi audio software such as Ableton, Logic, Reason etc via a standard USB cable."

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Now watch it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk1Nyz_MXiM

Ooh, I do love people who create bizarrely new instruments like this! 8-)


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:25 pm
by blinddrew
I love stuff like this. :)

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:25 pm
by Martin Walker
UkuRobot - The Godfather Theme

Here's another innovative recording method - UkuRobot is a programmable ukulele player. It's a little pedestrian, but the shot of its mechanisms is certainly intriguing, and I suspect it's capable of a lot more.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWJ28uBflFg


Martin

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:48 pm
by pettrer
gryfyx wrote:
4. I once stood on a rail bridge and recorded the passing train(I was dangerously close to the train, hence I'll not recommend this). Anyhow, I ended up not using it anywhere. It wasnt that good.

I live by the railroad. In May, I was working on a song using my Logitech headset in the garden. I started recording the trains and the crows flying around.

Then I ran these sounds through GGate (to get rid of noise between takes) and finally I put MSpectralDelay on this, with the UFO preset at 50%. Worked wonders for my mix. :thumbup:

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:57 pm
by pettrer
Pete Kaine wrote:
Richie Royale wrote:I once recorded a printer/photocopier at work which when it had run out of paper, would make a very robotic/mechanical sound and then beep in a kind of flatline way.

Printer Jam by Mistabishi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is-HVxmUELQ

One of the best videos I saw last year with some pretty cool sampling.

My GOSH what a video! One thing's for sure: to find time for that sort of video, they must be single. :D

I used to work in the office for the Swedish folk music association. Our printer's sound was a very clean tritonus (the devil's interval). I couldn't stand it but no one bothered to replace it... :D

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 pm
by blinddrew
Can't beat a bit of technical lego. :)

Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:04 pm
by Folderol
I've always wanted to record both sound and video of heavy industrial plant in operation. These sounds and sights can be incredibly hypnotic.

In the industry where I've worked for a good many years, you've got everything from printing presses, magazine binders, leaflet and packet folder/gluers. Then there are the big daddy cardboard box die cutters slowly and endlessly stomping out intricate shapes. All of this under the same roof.

Each has it's own rhythm which you pick up as you move from one area to the next, but just occasionally there is the totally magic instance when they all synchonise. It used to be that you'd see grins on peoples faces, but not any more - which is rather sad.