Another sound recording, this one made beneath Gravelly Hill Interchange, otherwise known as Spaghetti Junction. I was on a workshop led by Ian Rawes of the London Sound Survey, exploring the cavernous spaces where two rivers, three canals, and two trainlines intersect some twenty-five metres below a motorway junction.
Here are some sounds recorded in Birmingham’s Bull Ring markets I posted to radio aporee:
(Click on the red circle to start playback. Decent headphones or speakers recommended.)
radio aporee is a really great project run by Udo Noll. You can read more about the origins and philosophy of the project in my interview with Udo here.
Sunset, 9 July is a piece of music programmed by me and performed by the sunset on 9th July 2014. The sunset used a light sensor to interface with software synthesizers and modify some of their variables in real-time. This was enabled using code from my previous SuperCollider post.
I’ve been experimenting with controlling SuperCollider using Arduino sensors, and since it was hard to find accurate documentation of this on the web I decided to write up some of my own.
The sad news is that I could only get this procedure to work on a Linux system, though Mac users should also be able to make use of it. The code relies on the SerialPort class, which currently seems to have trouble recognising Windows serial port addresses.
Here’s what you will need:
- SuperCollider running on Mac OSX or Linux (I used version 3.6)
- The ArduinoSMS quark
- Arduino board with suitable analogue sensor
For the process of installing quarks in SuperCollider, refer to the documentation. For setting up your Arduino board and sensor, see the ‘Basics > AnalogSerialRead’ and ‘Analog > Calibration’ examples included with the Arduino software.
Arboretum is a short film made with leaves and twigs from the Forest of Blean, a study for a forthcoming larger project on tree dieback. Enjoy!
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