Recently in Embodied Sound Category
Leon Theramin playing his instrument the theramin.
Inspired by the theramin + arduino :::
• Lucky Larry's basic theramin is well documented and reference several of the examples included in this post.
• Theremin as capacitive sensing device
• Arduino Photocell Theremin Synth (glitchamin)
a view of the raw technology awaiting embodiment
and yet another approach to the ardunio theramin using midi communication.
Inevitable there are questions, problem-solving, frustrations, etc. Check the Arduino:Forum for help. Here is a string of Q&A's re: the the process of making an arduino theramin.
"After a 10 month hiatus the Sound Transit project is back, hosted by
SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording
and phonography. Phonography is the art of recording sounds from the
environment around us, with an emphasis on the unintentional sounds which often
go unnoticed in our daily lives. An international community of phonographers
collect and share their recordings, with interests ranging from recordings of
natural or urban environments to improvised situations or soundwalks, to the
resonance of solid objects or the Earth's atmosphere.
In the BOOK section of this site, you can plan a sonic journey through various
locations recorded around the world. In the SEARCH section, you can search the
database for specific sounds by member artists from many different places. If
you are a member of SoundTransit, you can also CONTRIBUTE your recordings for
others to enjoy. The Creative Commons Attribution license encourages the
sharing and reuse of all sounds on the website.
During 2010, SoundTransit's previous host in the Netherlands quadrupled the
rent for the SoundTransit server, forcing it to move or consider closing.
Turbulence.org offered its support and during 2011 has been working together
with SoundTransit to get everything up and running againTo listen to over 2,000 recordings by 471 artists from around the world, to
experience a unique way of traveling via sound, and to find out how you can
contribute to the SoundTransit project, please visit Sound Transit
Well, just so that everyone has access to the artist that I presented on, here is information on China Blue:
China Blue is a biomimetic and environmental sound artist, heaving using recycled materials as well as field recordings, depending on the project. She received her BFA from the California College of the Arts, and her MFA from Hunter College. She also teaches as an adjunct at Brown University.
She was the first artist to receive permission to record the Eiffel Tower during her residency in France. She has worked internationally, and currently looks at themes surrounding urban sprawl, environmental concerns, and the destruction of natural life. In particular, her Fireflies series works to show these concerns. Here are samples of her work and her speaking to NPR:
The User is a contemporary art collective comprised of Thomas McIntosh and Emmanuel Madan, who are best known for their work Symphony for dot matrix printers,Silophone and Coincidence Engines. The duo uses their collective knowledge to create projects that draw relationships between technological systems, culture and the human experience in striking ways. Thomas McIntosh was born in London, England in 1972. He studied architecture at Carelton University in Ottawa as well as the technical University in Berlin. Emmanuel Madan has a background in composing, sound art and curating shows in Montreal. He studied electronic acoustic composition under Francis Dhomont in the early 90's. In addition he spent time as a radio broadcasting engineer, journalist, and producer. Since 1998 both McIntosh and Madan have worked in collaboration to create works under the name The User.
Attraction to Artist:
First, the most striking was the name. Initially, it made me think of a tag name or Tron and I was just drawn to the idea. When I began looking at their work I was impressed with their presentation and idea of using technology and everyday sounds to create something new for people to view and listen to. In away it was much like my first impression of them as a tag name. Their presentation of their work reminds me of the same ideology a street artist/ graffiti artist might work. For example the Symphony 1 for dot matrix printers takes machines that we are so familiar with, that even may be considered junk. These artists use machines to reinvent our image of the objects and the sound they produce in the same way that I have watched street artist take ordinary or broken down walls and change them into and artistic or political expression.
A deaf sound artist explores the physicality of sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqJA0SZm9zI
-Ray Lee is a sound artist as well as a composer and performer. "His work investigates
his fascination with the hidden world of electro-magnetic radiation and in particular how
sound can be used as evidence of invisible phenomena." He focuses on sound as a sort of
by-product to mysterious invisible forces. The structures he creates are often arranged in
multiples with spinning components and electronic motors or sirens or speakers. Some of
his most popular work has been produced with these spinning emitters that, when
arranged in a space and spun at different speeds, produce whirring, phasing ethers of
sound as a sort of minimalist music. Works like Siren allow you to walk into a
space and become enveloped in an eerie, thick, crystal chord of individual tones
produced either directly by the emitters or as harmonic consequences of the different
rotational speeds, proximity to other emitters, or acoustic interference by the architecture
of the space.
-What attracted me to Ray's work were these musical characteristics that felt like a sort
of byproduct of works like Siren. In his investigation of sound as a byproduct of electro-
magnetic radiation, he sort of discovered music in a minimalist form as a byproduct of
these sounds. And in my opinion, Siren is an apt name for the piece. I've never heard a
fuller or more hypnotizing chord, and I can only imagine the haunting clarity I would
feel if I were in the same room with the piece. And through these performances he turns
the space into a room with one purpose. The hypnotizing nature of being in a space
composed of the individual tones of one whirring chord seems to crystallize the space
and make it whole. I am fascinated with this idea of a room full of sound, the room as a