View of Jon Lockart's "The Boundless Museum" installation at Reading Museum

The Boundless Museum

I was asked by artist, Jon Lockhart to create a phone film to document his amazing installation “The Boundless Museum” which has been touring this year.

I took a trip up to Reading Museum to see the show and shoot my material on the iPhone. The huge, complex installation of resonant objects seemed to be impossible to capture in a short amount of time, but I decided to take a different approach and made use of the macro lens on the Olloclip set to create a kind of inner world that focussed on small details.

The installation also has some nice signature sounds from a few motion triggered pieces that sound a sustained keyboard chord and electronic clock tick sounds. There’s also a repeated snippet of what sounds like Nat King Cole on my recordings, though I couldn’t identify where it originated.

I’ve used a few of these sounds, and heavily used the ticking of clocks from the installation to capture the audio world.

Electronic band, Paddox played at the exhibition opening event and I recorded them to provide the looping synth sounds in the film.

Gordon Monahan Saukraut Synthesiser Audiograft 2014

Gene Pool #71 Sonic Season: Sauerkraut Synthesizer

The second of our recordings from AudioGraft 2014, featuring US artist, Gordon Monahan.

Gordon Monahan Sauerkraut Synthesiser Audiograft 2014Paul Whitty, Research Lead and main figure at SARU talks about the history of the Audiograft festival and motivations of it’s artist-organisers.

Gordon Monahan performs his “Sauerkraut Synthesiser” piece which he describes like this on his website:

“This piece is based on a ‘Lemon Synthesizer’ prototype developed in collaboration with Akemi Takeya and Noid in Vienna, March 2009.

Fruits and vegetables become voltage input controllers for a software-based audio synthesizer. Six fruits and vegetables are placed on a table. A zinc terminal and a copper terminal are inserted into each fruit and vegetable, so that each organic object becomes an acid battery that produces approximately one volt of electricity. The voltage output from the fruit/vegetable network is varied by attaching a second set of terminals arranged in reverse polarity to the first set of terminals.

A live video camera displays the real-time manipulation of the fruits and vegetables on a video projection screen. A second video projection shows the actual voltage changes in real time as the fruit and vegetable network is manipulated.”

Gordon Monahan Sauerkraut SynthesiserThe Sonic Arts Research Unit, based within Oxford Brookes University is home to experimental music composers and sonic artists who develop and share the academic framework of their practice . This includes hosting notable artists as Research Fellows and producing the annual international AudioGraft festival

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Ade Oshineye of Google at Berkshire Digital. Photo: James Monjack

State Of Social

I wrote a blog article for Innovation hub, Connect TVT about my local digital business meet up, Berkshire Digital and the recent event with a guest speaker from Google.

Ade Oshineye of Google was the latest guest speaker brought to the region for the recent Berkshire Digital meeting, which took place in the impressive Georgian mansion house of South Hill Park in Bracknell.

Developer Advocate and contact point for engineers wanting advice on integration with Google products, Ade’s “The State Of Social” talk outlined the recent history of social and mobile, but left audience members guessing about the precise trajectory of Google’s own social media curve.

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