After my tinkering about with circuits and noise last semester during the toy lab, I decided to intern with Yashas Shetty, artist-in-residence at Srishti, and periodic hacker/noisemaker along with ISRO (Indian Sonic Research organization, of course; the local (and perhaps only) experimental sound lab). I made a couple of synths, in addition to taking apart printers, mucking around with feedback, and generally annoying the hell out of anyone within earshot with all possible forms of ungodly rackets. Anyway, here’re a couple of the synths i made, most of them based on existing DIY projects.
The first one’s the Auduino, the basic platform of which i used in my toys as well. It’s based on the arduino microcontroller, though i didn’t really alter the schematic or program much here. The casing was meant to look like really retro radios, and maybe partially inspired by Dieter Rams’ work (at least, that was the intention)
This one is the dronelab, which we designed to put into the mughal looking table/box thing below (hence all the wires). I’ve decided to simplify that, so the final form is going to look far less intimidating, be easier to play, in addition to being more durable.
And here’s An Atari Punk Console, housed in a box made from 2mm HIP.
I joined the Srishti Toy Lab last semester, which involved (with a general emphasis on fun) designing a toy/play activity for children. I decided early on that i wanted to work with sound, and creating play patterns for children which allowed them to explore the medium.
So here the result of a few months of exploration iterating: the HydroHummers (tentative name).
Each toy has a synthesizer based on the auduino, and a piezo disc wired as a contact mic. The person playing with it can choose between these two modes, of creating their own sounds and expression with an instrument, or using the contact mic to “listen” to the world around them.
Here’s a shaky video of one of them in action(will fix that soon, hopefully):
One way that i can be sure that summer’s here (in case the fact that bangalore is starting to feel and smell like chennai wasn’t enough to convince me)-the bees that inexplicably decide to attack an old family photograph hanging in my room every morning at 5-ish. They’re also fairly daft and fond of my fan,so I have to pick up dazed bees with pieces of paper every ten minutes or so and leave them out on my balcony.
i thought i had lost this recording, but thankfully found it sometime last week. It’s again in a stream-of-consciousness form of improvising – i’ve noticed it’s a form where i sometimes get confused as to the distinction between speaking through my guitar, and speaking to it.
I was in a sort of a creative slump when i recorded this…it helped me realize that one of the best ways to get around a feeling of being uncreative and generally useless is to just express exactly that feeling :)