Cementa17

Cementa 17 – Contemporary Arts Festival, KANDOS, 6 – 9 April 2017.
s o d a c a k e present K PLAY – Mixed media sound installation by Damian Castaldi & Solange Kershaw.

K Play comprises a large multi layered harp-like string instrument that triggers sounds through touch, movement and/or close proximity using a range of sensors, sculptured objects and custom built technologies. The strings themselves can be played / manipulated from inside the shopfront windows at 18 Angus Ave and when struck or otherwise triggered will playback a combination of musical instrument samples and location sound recordings taken in and around Kandos.

Play for Time

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Image 1 – PLAY ONGAKU detail BMCC Exposé Program exhibition, Oct 2015

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exposé Program exhibition on display from 16 September to 1 November 2015. Play for Time is a series of audiovisual installations that invites the audience to engage with responsive text, music, nature morte and sound through playful, time based, interaction, recasting the visitor from passive observer to active writer, player, creator. The four installations include: Type over Time, Play Ongaku, Play for Twine and Little Creature Cabinets.

Video – PLAY ONGAKU detail BMCC Exposé Program exhibition, Oct 2015

Royal quiet de luxe model(1280x800)

Image 3 – TYPE OVER TIME detail BMCC Exposé Program exhibition, Oct 2015

For more information see the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Insight magazine Issue 8 and Current Exhibitions at the BMCC.

Revised prototype

After testing we’ve decided to use a larger battery without a solar cell. The Lithium Ion Battery Pack – 3.7V 6600mAh remains charged for up to 100 hours, which we can replace with a charged battery (once a week for three weeks). We’ll also add a realtime clock module to turn the interface off overnight. The signal from the sensor has been changed from Analog to PW (pulse width modulation) running in to digital i/o pin 8, which we’ve found to be more stable then the analog input.

All of this simplifies the signal flow, makes it more stable and means the technology will fit into a smaller weatherproof enclosure with only one external line in from the speaker.

Our revised component design …

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1st outdoor installation test

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First outdoor installation of our prototype. Volume is at a low level (intentionally), the interface is powered by one Lithium Ion battery pack – 3.7V 6600mAh (without the solar panel and smaller battery shown in the 2nd image above).

We are testing the battery duration as of 2pm Sunday the 24th of January, 2015. The interface will need to be active (triggering the audio) from 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week for 5 weeks when it is installed as a public https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/prix-viagra/ sound installation in the Blue Mountains.

Weather conditions today are cloudy, thunder, with a light rain. Location is our backyard at 66 Prince George St, Blackheath, NSW, Australia.

Prototype for an outdoor sensor interface from sodacake https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/ on Vimeo.

Prototype for an Outdoor sensor interface

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This is our latest adventure from the Blue Mountains, Australia. It’s such an exciting project we decided to blog about it.

We’re making an outdoor interactive sound installation that will locate five separate sensor interfaces hidden in and around the trees in a public location. In essence, we’re surrounding various trees with some great technology to tell (whisper) a story whenever someone passes by. Our blogging for now is about the technicalities of prototyping this project.

Here is a signal flow & component chart for the prototype so far.

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So what are we trying to do …..

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On Message (a work in progress)

On Message is a data visualisation work (currently in progress) that looks at political language in Australia.  It has an audio component, and is animated: as the speech is being played / heard, words move around the screen, coming forward and therefore growing bigger as their frequency throughout the speech increases.

The illustrations here are snapshots of the Clean Energy Bill 2011 Second Reading speeches by Abbott (above) and Gillard (below) respectively. More to come as this works develops!

Balance Unbalance Conference Paper

Paper presentation, November 2011 at the Balance Unbalance conference at Concordia University, Montréal.

The full Program is available at: http://balance-unbalance2011.hexagram.ca/?page_id=229

Session #2 – Changing Environments Abstracts and Bios are here:
http://balance-unbalance2011.hexagram.ca/?page_id=304

Wild Weather

A prototype for the installation of a networked public sound sculpture planned for the NSW, Newcastle CBD in mid to late 2012. The project is supported by the Newcastle City Centre Committee who, along with the organisation LiveSites, are seeking to install a range of projects over the coming year and are actively exploring strategies for interactive and innovative art projects in the public domain.

The Memory Pendulums

The Memory Pendulums was installed in May 2010 as part of the MEMORY FLOWS group exhibition at the Armory Gallery, Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park and is a project of the Centre for Media Arts Innovation, UTS. With special thanks to the Curators  Sophia Kouyoumdjian, Norie Neumark and Deborah Turnbull.

Further exhibition details are available from the CMAI website: http://www.communication.uts.edu.au/centres/cmai/projects/index.html

A motion sensitive sound Installation affected by contact and gravity, the Memory Pendulums modulate the spoken measure of a poem, written for the artwork by the Australian poet Jill Jones. Her words flow randomly in time with the playful swinging back and forth of three diamond shaped acrylic water pendulums. Each one filled to a different capacity with a toxic blue liquid, triggering a different memory, dripping into (and polluting) the muddy waters of the Parramatta River …..

Exhibition Dates / Every weekend from 15 May 2010 to 20 June 2010

Memory is referenced in two ways within the work. Through the use of 3 liquid filled pendulums which, like controlling the mechanism of a clock, control the listening of a poem over time. If the pendulums swing uninterrupted for approximately 90 seconds the listener will hear the entire poem, which in three parts takes all three pendulums to swing. The listener’s memory must be engaged in the experience or appreciation of the poem as it is more than likely with all three pendulums swinging the three parts will be heard simultaneously. Memory is also referenced literally throughout the poem, particularly the third part titled “River as memory”.

River as memory, by Jill Jones

where waters come from
clean as that mysterious rain
you never see
a source in the rock
from sea
cloud
sea

cycling planetary urges
the shiver of ancient degrees

death moves in circles
drinks at the ground
great birds
drift
in the flow’s shadow

making channels
and ridges
in our mud memory

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