Blurring the boundary of technological reality, The Ethometric Museum tips visitors into a post-Steam Punk mix of spiritualism and the New Science.
This episode of the Gene Pool features an exclusive recording of The Ethometric Museum, taken during the event at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford.
Following on from his hugely successful large-scale event, “Siren”, sound artist Ray Lee assembles a collection of 40 handmade “ethometric” sound devices and presents a tour and demonstration of them during the performance.
Audio recording made by Felicity Ford.
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Gene Pool#50: The Ethometric Museum
One of the difficult things about being the host for the great DIY electronics and sound weekends that I organise at digitalmediacentre.org is that I never actually get to participate, being too busy looking after the artists, fetching & carrying and taking photos. As featured in Gene Pool#35 this Autumn, the Theremin Day workshop, led by Sam Underwood let people build his design of an optical Theremin-like instrument from electronic components. The 3 tuneable drone oscillators are augmented by another 3 under the control of light sensitive optical resistors, to provide potential for players to make awesome magical gestures and create sweeping atonal pitches.
I managed to bag a spare PCB and set of components from Sam during the day with a clear impulse to build my own version over the Christmas holidays.
I’ve taken a few photos of the hugely enjoyable process, so here’s a little photo-essay documenting the assembly of the instrument.
Continue reading DIY Theremin
Theremin Day was a sold out workshop day where participants built a 6 oscillator, photo-optic sci-fi drone machine from electronic components, under the guidance of Mr. Underwood.
This episode includes audio from the completed optical Theremin projects, plus an extract of Sam Underwood’s performance of Steve Reich‘s “Pendulum” score, with an interview covering the Theremin Day concept and the work of Underwood’s many aliases, not forgetting the forthcoming brass band Metal “Doom-pah” trio.
The Gene Pool Radio Show is presented weekly at 7pm on Wednesdays on Soundart Radio 102.5FM. The podcast version can be delivered directly into your iTunes via subscription from our iTunes Channel.
The current show is available from our archive below:
Gene Pool#35: Theremin Day