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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:09 pm

I suspect some of you will have already seen and explored this fascinating site, but for those who haven't, it's a must - behold Radio Garden:

Explore live radio by rotating the globe

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http://radio.garden/live/new-york/nyu/

What fun!


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:35 pm

Now here's a fresh twist - CD players (in this more specifically the Sony Discman) are now being circuit bent so they can glitch on demand, with some intriguing results.

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Have a listen to this 'Discbitch' in action and judge for yourself! 8-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9izu74FtZo

And if like me you're intrigued enough to explore the options a little further, here's the creator's write-up on how the Discbitch evolved:

https://r20029.wordpress.com/


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:19 pm

Today's innovative sound utilises 'a shimmering spatial drone of zithers being activated by stones hanged in a motor-driven cable, creating a mesmerizing play of echoes.

It was exhibited at City Sonic Sound Art Festival, Belgium, 2016.'




Love it! :thumbup:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:46 pm

Now this project is MOST intriguing!

"A 3D-Printed Ear Explores What It Means to Be a Machine

Networked with the internet, a 3D-printed ear appropriately titled, Ears After All, explores what it means to be a machine. Created by Saurabh Datta, a multimedia artist who incorporates science, technology and philosophy into his practice, the “hearing post” is fixed to a wall and listens to anything spoken in front of it.

Upon hearing phrases, the ear goes online and searches words related to itself like “hearing” and “sounds.” As this process unfolds, observers see this action on a side projection from what Datta calls the ear’s “backend terminal soul.” To represent the audience, Datta built a speaking post that recites poems filled with words related to sound"

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How watch it in action!


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:36 pm

Now these sounds may not be innovative, but the recording method certainly is ;)

Ladies and gentlemen - I present to you 'Future Drums - Solenoid Grooves'

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Now watch the solenoids in action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRUV-hTGKl4


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:59 pm

I'd buy a massage chair made of these!
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:17 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:I'd buy a massage chair made of these!
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So you have a dream of being treated like a drum kit then? :beamup:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:44 pm

Beats me!

Badum tish :smirk:
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:27 pm

That makes the perfect excuse to post a link to the wonderful Steve Hubback and his bespoke cymbal & gongs - Steve prefers to be known as an 'Metalkymist' ;)

http://www.stevehubback.nl/category/fotos/

Here's one of his more interesting creations, the very versatile-sounding 'Earth Chandelier Sound Sculpture'

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Here it is in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLrodm2IFpg


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:30 pm

And here's Steve Hubback in full flow, soloing at Viggiano International Harp Fest with a set of his unique instruments:

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And the video performance itself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCRsKxgwTFs


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:32 pm

Well this is most certainly different an innovative:

"::vtol:: volnovod

Two stepper motors constantly turn and intertwine the wire, moulding different types of waves. Motors operate in accordance with the random numbers-based program and randomly change the direction. Still they rotate within the preset number of steps range to prevent the wire from over-intertwining. The camera shoots a wire in front of a black background, which makes possible to achieve the highest picture contrast. Nine wave pictures are saved. Later they can be updated in automatic mode or refiled manually in semi-automatic mode or manual mode. These nine shots then morph into graphic tables with resolution of 270 x 240 points. The tables are the base to control sound synthesis options. The program can generate parameters in any suitable format: MIDI, OSC, CV. It allows to use it freely as within the system as with external devices. "




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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:46 pm

Now recording doesn't get much more innovative than this! ;)

"As music technology advances, a growing number of artists are exploring what it means to go “off the grid” and making their own transgressive Frankenstein instruments. Far outside DAW quantization and the digital realm, sound artist Graham Dunning uncovers what the unpredictability of the physical world can do for dance music with his sound experiments. Perhaps his most well-known is the Mechanical Techno Project, which uses turntables as the basis for towering contraptions that make techno music with no human involvement. They spin multiple records on the same axis and use nuts and bolts to trigger external effects, elevated planes to create rhythmic patterns and metal-plated locked grooves produce unpredictable noise. The setups are clumsy, inaccurate and prone to error—in other words, they’re not computer perfect. And that’s entirely the point."

Behold Graham Dunning's MECHANICAL TECHNO DEMONSTRATION

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl1ZrEza7uY

Keep watching - it just gets better and better :thumbup:


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:35 am

Now I've never personally considered using floppy disks as sound sources, but having heard what's possible in this video demonstration I'm going to dig out my PC parts box ;)

Behold: Star Wars - Imperial March on Eight Floppy Drives

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Click here to engage the floppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM_sAxrAu7Q


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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Luke W » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:24 pm

Martin Walker wrote:Now I've never personally considered using floppy disks as sound sources, but having heard what's possible in this video demonstration I'm going to dig out my PC parts box ;)

Behold: Star Wars - Imperial March on Eight Floppy Drives

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Click here to engage the floppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cM_sAxrAu7Q


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Similar thing here with a few hard drives for good measure...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwuCQ3u2N_A
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Re: Innovative sounds & recording methods

Postby Martin Walker » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:25 am

Luke W wrote:Similar thing here with a few hard drives for good measure...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwuCQ3u2N_A

Oh wow - thanks for that link Link - that's an insane setup :headbang:

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The floppotron indeed! :bouncy:


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