Solarophone is an interactive sound art installation. It was installed in the conoid at the main Boulder Public Library in March 2016 – June 2016.
Solarophone - Come Play!
beatBox is a light controlled mechanical drum machine. It is played by casting shadows over a series of light sensors. This feeds into an algorithmic drum beat that triggers small motors to tap on different objects inside the box. Two sliders allow control over the tempo and the swing feel of the drum machine by delaying every other beat.
The pattern on top, which surrounds the light sensitive resistors, is laser etched from visuals created using code in Processing.
Todd Reed Winter Installation
An interactive sound art installation 'played' by lighting + casting shadows over an array of light sensors.
Five flashlights hung above a railing where laser etched blocks were mounted. Light sensors in the blocks sensed the flashlights such that gently swinging the lights or casting a shadow onto the sensors would trigger musical patterns. The sounds came both from speakers and from wooden xylophone bars with small motors attached to them.
SolidNoise is a robotic music ensemble that explores new techniques to make music by triggering a variety of motors to produce sound by physically striking, shaking, tapping or blowing on different physical objects, including the architecture of the space itself.
The ensemble was created using custom hardware and software to enable controlling motors using the MIDI standard.
SolidNoise was originally presented in the ATLAS Black Box theater for an evening of original compositions created for the ensemble. The ensemble also performed at the 2016 Guthman Musical Instrument competition.
The Solid Noise Ensemble
Picking Flowers is an interactive sound sculpture. It was initially created for Communikey 2014 as part of the show Whether Weather, which featured a series of outdoor interactive installations.
Picking Flowers uses light to trigger sounds, sun, clouds trees and visitors create changing shadows which “pluck” a virtual string for each flower.
Modular-muse is an instrument building platform that consists of hardware boards and a software library to explore new ways of creating musical instruments. Modular-muse was developed by Jiffer Harriman during his PhD work at the ATLAS Institute.
The Sound Clippys Board is another platform consisting of an Arduino based board that allows for simple circuits to be used to trigger and manipulate sounds.
The Modular-Muse Library for Pd makes it easy to get started with sound design in this open-source and open ended audio programming environment.
Here the banjo turns into a computer interface to control a musical system that takes real time samples from the instrument, remixes them and responds with its own interpretation. The computer will play on and on as long as the banjo keeps playing.