I have a new project, called Illusion Songs. It’s a curated collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk and popular musics as well as scientific demonstrations. As the collection fills out, it will turn into an archive, searchable by terms from both ethnomusicology and cognitive science. In addition to the collection, I will be writing and recording a series of original music compositions for voice and home-made instruments based on the best practices of songs and demonstrations presented here. A unified collection of acoustic ‘covers’ of lab demonstrations for educational purposes will also result. Instruments being built for this include a glass bell ‘gamelan’, and a midi-controlled pipe organ.
Last year I collaborated with Snibbe Interactive and Björk on concert visuals for her Biophilia tour. Cymatic patterns were choreographed and synced to the basslines of songs. The video was designed to be projected on the floor so as to give the appearance that Björk stands on a large cymatic device. In some cases, the projections occurred on backdrop screens. You can read more about the project here.
For the best listening experience, please wear headphones: the low basslines that the patterns are synced to don’t read well on most laptop speakers.
Produced by: Snibbe Interactive
Director of Photography and Editing: Noah Cunningham
Assistant Director of Photography: Elia Vargas
Project Manager: Sharon Hibbert
Production Assistant: Sharon Pieczenik
Not for the faint of heart, but this “trans-nasal fiberoptic stroboscopy" of vocal chords during singing is actually quite beautiful.
”A microphone is a device that converts mechanical waves into electrical ones. It consists of a diaphragm attached to a coil which sits in a magnetic field. When a sound wave hits the diaphragm, it moves the coil, generating a current. This signal is then amplified by conventional electronic methods.
But an interesting question is why the amplification has to be done electronically. Why not mechanically?”
A collection of antique bone-conduction hearing devices.
I’ve been working on building a new glass chladni plate. The other day I was drilling a hole in the center of a sheet of glass with a small carbide bit when it unexpectedly shattered. If you look closely, you can see that the shards of glass are not only continuing to fall apart, they are actually popping apart with force! Any ideas about why this is happening?