I’ve been struggling to conceive of tangible ways to divide up loops. I have been vexed by the notion that sudden leaps across time do not seem relatable to our lived experience of the world. Although we have become accustomed to the once-jarring results of moving-image edits, what sort of tangible tool might we be able to relate with such non-linear editing processes? It must of course be responsive as a performance tool as well, so scissors and sticky-tape are out! Today I realised it is essentially slicing and re-ordering units of time. Then I realised we do at least have a way of conceptualising that – mathematics. The problem is this is still an abstract concept. I began asking myself what ways we interact with mathematics tangibly, and began considering the past, since the earliest technologies are often more tangible. Then, before I even realised what I was searching for, an image came up of this work by my friend and artist Wanda Gillespie. Duh! The ABBAcus!
Les Tambours de Feu (The Drums of Fire) are a group who fuse percussion, costume and pyrotechnics into a street performance. Creating a sense of ritual with an emphasis on the visible physicality of the performance. The effect, on the audience, is hypnotic, and uniting.
The group is a part of a Basque street-performance group called Deabrubeltzak
Woob has released a zoetrope picture disc for his track Tokyo Run, which accompanies a film by the same name.
o2o2 Is a kiwi company designing air-filtering masks for intensified urban environments where air quality is toxic to humans.
Zach Lieberman uses Open Frameworks to produce an augmented reality app that lets you sample audio, while generating a 3D visualisation of the sound in AR – in real-time. You can also scan your phone over the waveform to play it back. Just watch the video! Amazing.
The Collidoscope is a prototype for a granular synthesizer/sampler. It features a large display of recorded samples, and interactive controls that show which part of the recorded sample is being played back.
The controls are closely aligned visually so as to be quite clear.
Jeremy Bell has created a tape-scratching device called the ScrubBoard. A tape loop with a tape head-scrubber that you can manipulate with your hands, resulting in a sound akin to scratching a record. There’s other great features. There’s a foot controller to play, stop and reverse playback of the loop. There’s a ‘rocker’ to cut/fade and mix to the tapes other channels. There’s also a record head to do live looping and scratching!
Nice work Jeremy!