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Power and Ground San Francisco 2009

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Scoring the Streets of New Orleans | New Orleans | 2010
Scoring the Streets of New Orleans | New Orleans | 2010

Fragments of song float from street corners and weave throughout
the open-air bars and restaurants that line Bourbon Street. For the
passerby, pieces of numerous songs are threaded into one melody.
Time signature is determined by the walker’s gate, notes by the chance
encounters with the sound events of the place, points on a map.

On December 31st, 2004 I walked through the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street recording the experience described above. Music, the sounds of busy streets and celebrations all became part of the recording. Using midi conversion, I translated the original eldrecording into digital data. The data now works as a master score, open to diverse interpretations.

In 2010 I’ve worked with this score to create the sound piece Scoring the Streets of New Orleans and the image New Orleans City Soundscape.

Both pieces were created for the exhibition Ethnographic Terminalia 2010.

Ethnographic Terminalia 2010
DuMois Gallery, New Orleans
November 11 – December 3
Opening Reception: Friday, November 19
Image: New Orleans City Soundscape, 2010.

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Navigating the Bay | San Francisco | 2008Navigating the Bay | San Francisco | 2008
Navigating the Bay | San Francisco | 2008

Navigating the Bay is a sound and projection installation that explores the complex systems of humans, animals and machines that rely and reside on the San Francisco Bay. A response to the  2007 Cosco Busan Oil Spill that was partly the fault of malfunctioning radar, the installation uses sound, projection, sensors, micro controllers and Max/MSP. The piece explores the progression of navigational technologies,  channeling current sounds of the bay through historic San Francisco fog horn patterns.

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Navigating the Bay Score
Navigating the Bay Score

This is an example of an installation score. It gives visual clues to the patterns, timing and concepts of the sound and projection installation “Navigating the Bay.”

 

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Upcoming Presentations, Exhibitions and Installations
Upcoming Presentations, Exhibitions and Installations

It’s a busy fall! Coming off of Champlain Maker Faire and the recent “ZAPPPP! A High Voltage Vermont Makers Meetup,” we are still in full swing this fall. Please join us!

Tech Expo: Vermont Tech Jam
Presenting With: Vermont Makers
Our Contribution: Weather Balloon demo with the Internet of Things and Max/MSP
Where: Champlain Mill, Winooski Vermont
When:
Friday, September 26, 2012
More Information: http://www.techjamvt.com/

Installation: Going to Waterbury: An Art Installation and Closure Ceremony
Our Contribution: Onsite Sound Installation
Where: Vermont State Complex, 4 South, Waterbury, Vermont
When: Saturday, September 27 + 28, 2012
More Information: Facebook Event Page

Conference: Pushing the Envelope: Innovation and the Future of Museums
New England Museum Association Conference
Our Contribution: “Presenting Art in Unconventional Space” A Panel discussion organized by Margaret Tamulonis, with Ken Mills and others
Where: Sheraton Burlington 870 Williston Road
When: Thursday, November 8, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
More Information: Conference information

Exhibition: Audible Observations: Ethonographic Terminalia 2012
Our Contribution: Sound scores and recordings from “Power and Ground”
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA
When: November 16 – 20, 2012
More Information: Site for the Ethnographic Terminalia Collective

Vermont Makers Late Fall Programming 2012:

Program or Be Programmed Douglas Rushkoff
Thursday November 1, 6pm
Miller Center, Champlain College
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You are Not a Gadget,  Jaron Lanier
Thursday December 6, 6pm
Miller Center, Champlain College
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Audible Observatories Ethnographic Terminalia :: 2012 :: San Francisco
Audible Observatories Ethnographic Terminalia :: 2012 :: San Francisco

We are showing sound pieces that make no sounds of their own as part of “Audible Observatories Ethnographic Terminalia 2012, San Francisco” this November. Read more about this exhibition and Ethnographic Terminalia here

http://ethnographicterminalia.org/2012-audible-observatories

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Learn how E-textiles are an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics

Come to Champlain Mini Maker Faire to stitch with conductive thread and make Champ, The Lake Champlain Sea Monster, light up!

 

You’ve probably heard me talk about my enthusiasm for Champlain Mini Maker Faire , coming right up on September 29, 2012. This event will bring together innovators of all ages in engineering, science and the arts. Today I want to share my excitement about a particular maker who is coming to the Faire:  Beverly Ball, a teacher from Denver Academy in Denver, Colorado who will show visitors how E-textiles are an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics.

Want to try working with conductive thread? At Bev’s booth you’ll get to help sew a huge LED glowing CHAMP, The Lake Champlain Sea Monster!

Below are descriptions of her booth and workshop, designed for all those curious! See you there!

E-TEXTILES: WHERE CRAFT AND COMPUTATION INTERSECT
11:00 am– 11:30 am | Maker Stage

This pictures’n'talk presentation is for teachers, craftspeople, artists, and hobbyists who want to combine hands-on arts and crafts skills with emerging digital technology. Learn what E-textiles are, how to get started, and why they’re such an accessible and fun introduction into the world of electronics. See examples of some of the ways to incorporate embedded computation into your own projects, from simply decorating a hat with LEDs to using shape-shifting wire to add kinetic elements into otherwise static objects.

MAKE A SOFT CIRCUIT
Booth #32

See for yourself how soft circuits work at this hands-on/demo booth. Stitch LEDs and batteries together with conductive thread to see just how delicate and flexible electronics can be. All ages welcome.  We’re building Champ! – The Lake Champlain Monster.

Also demonstrating soft circuits at Champlain Mini Maker Faire is Soft Circuit Saturdays from neighboring New Hampshire!

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