Tag: Experiment

Hundreds & Thousands Theremin

Last few very quick Arduino experiments…1 little piggy went to the market, 1 little piggy stayed at home

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A Photoresistor sensor, as the hand moves closer to the pile of hundreds and thousands the sensor measures the distance, and acts like a Theremin.

Piggy friends were just lying around the studio, so gave them some hundreds + thousands to feed on, as they look for the sensor in the pile.

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Note to Self:

  • Sensors: Have been mucking about with various sensors…proximity, light etc..so kind of know now, which ones are useful to me going frwd.
  • Need to push into a more focused action research state.
  • Things are now bits + pieces/loose ends, digital sketches, be good to have a few ‘finished’ pieces for my own kick…however small.

Processing 3.0

We had an interesting talk regarding Processing with tutor Ed Kelly a few weeks back. I haven’t had a chance to have a proper investigation until now.

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I was very impressed and the possibilities seem endless. I combined some code from various sketches to arrive at this very short test sequence.

The sketch window used is very similar to Arduino.

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Note to Self:

  • Arduino/Processing: I wonder is it possible to get Arduino + Processing to talk to each other?
  • Getting kind of bored now tw*tting around with Arduino, I need to see some visual results on ‘the other side’ of the screen, Processing may be another way in?

Dirtbox

#1 Soil Touch Sensitive/Earth as Interface.

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The experiment was sparked by a musical effects unit I saw a while back, but it ties in with my current exploration of what exactly constitutes an interface? and of taking various inanimate objects or physical elements across the threshold into the digital realm and onto the screen.

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This started out as a proximity sensor to generate code from the soil, but as It emerged I thought it would be nicer to make people ‘get their hands dirty’ and actually touch the soil to generate a series of numbers (single and double digit), which can be seen in the serial port. These fluctuate depending on how hard the soil is pressed.

The soil is always visible through the perspex, there is a sensor hidden just below the top layer of soil. I have added an alchemist Earth symbol atop a piece of wood, to give it a ritual aspect and maybe remind myself that it is ‘Earth as interface’. The Arduino jumper wire is also green, the wiring earth colour. The numbers can now be manipulated to turn into sound, or colour, images, infographics etc…which is the next step.

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The underlying concept and process is important, but also the whole set up must look aesthetically pleasing to me, like in a Japanese fruit market where the price is not based on weight or size but on how beautiful the object is.

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Note to Self:

  • Question: Do I want to bring the virtual object on the screen to the physical world?…or the object from the physical world into the virtual, or both?
  • Question: Is the information generated and how it is displayed the ‘final outcome’ or is it just part of the process, and the finished piece then still to be arrived at?

Woody

An experiment with sound. Slo-mo musical scale/paper speaker in leaves. I was getting restless dwelling a lot on context, process and methodology and simply wanted to create some ‘work’ however small, a mini piece, with a view to then developing a larger project based on it called ‘The Old Ohm Tree’ which would feature maybe 5 speakers and a lot more wooden boughs!

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Slo-mo musical scale gives it an eerie Autumnal feel. ‘Oiche Samhain’ (Gaelic for Halloween night) will soon be upon us, the leaves are falling off the trees.

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I want to harvest this information and represent it online. I am Waiting to receive a Arduino shield that will help connect me via Blynk app.

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Note to Self: Old Ohm Tree.

  • Boughs: Source x5 other Silver Birch wooden pieces and cut to fit.
  • 3D rendered base: Install Cinema 4D? and sketch up 3D object for white base.
  • 3D Printing: Does this need to be modular/not all 1 piece for a 3D printer?