SunTracker 2012: A New Sound Installation in Progress

Sound installation: Sun TrackerI’m currently working on a new installation “Sun Tracker” that will debut on Friday, June 22, 2012 as part of the Woodstock Digital Media Festival. Working with Jeff Branson of Denver, CO and Sam Stelfox of Burlington, a sound installation will be programmed based on the Earth/Sun relationship during the time of the summer solstice. We are using Cosm (previously known as Pachube) to keep track of the live feeds (from Colorado, Vermont and possibly California).

I met Jeff and Sam through Vermont Makers, and it’s been great to work with them. Jeff works with SparkFun out in Denver and Sam is a part of Lab B in Burlington. Along with Studio Ju Ju, Lab B has  served as a workspace for this project, in fact we met there last week with Jeff (via google+ hangout).

I’ll document the project here as we move forward. In the meantime here’s a link to more Studio Ju Ju sound installations.

 

Pachube is Rocking Our World Right Now

I recently discovered Pachube ( pronounced “patch-bay”) after hearing about it on the Canadian radio program SPARK. After doing some research I only found one Vermont location that is actively submitting readings. What an exciting find. We look forward to working with pachube, arduino and max/MSP.

A recent project that got a lot of attention for Pachube involved it being used for citizen geiger counter readings in Japan, after the earthquake there on March 11, 2011.

Here’s a link to those geiger readings.

Here’s a link to the interview on Spark.

Here’s more about Pachube:

Pachube (“patch-bay”) connects people to devices, applications, and the Internet of Things. As a web-based service built to manage the world’s real-time data, Pachube gives people the power to share, collaborate, and make use of information generated from the world around them.

Pachube

Maker Faire – Wowee!

In the past few weeks I’ve been talking with some locals who are looking to plan a Maker Faire here in VT. Wow! I went to my first Bay Area Maker Faire in 2009, participating in one here in VT would be so fun for many of us of Vermont Makers.

Just this afternoon while shopping for parts at SparkFun I came across  this video from that very 2009 Maker Faire  – you have to check out this video for its pure fun, geekiness and display of active imaginations:

Ringtones, Makers and Max/MSP: Right here in VT

Our sister studio Sesamedia New Media Design + Strategy is helping us distribute our many, many ringtones. You can participate in the naming contest and download free ringtones in thenew media arts section of Sesamedia website.

In other sound news, through Vermont Makers, we connected with a few local artists and technologists who work in max/MSP. Plans are coming together to offer max/MSP workshops in Burlington in the late fall of 2012. It is thrilling to meet and hopefully work with other max/MSP – arduino enthusiasts here in rural Vermont! We’ll keep you posted and if you are interested in attending the workshops, please go over to the Vermont Makers site and sign up for their mailing list.

Speaking of Vermont Makers, don’t miss our event this Tuesday night April 3 Blinkies, the Quadcopter, Thing-O-Matic and more!