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Artist-in-Residence at IAMAS

2008-06-11 06:41 air-japan

Just started my artist-in-residence at IAMAS. 6 months in Japan! wow.

I'll be posting some pictures and short reflections here.

The program is very generous and I'm very grateful and proud that they selected me. www.iamas.ac.jp/E/AIR/about.html

IAMAS stands for Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences / International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences. It's a very nice place with lots of creative people, great facilities and a long history of interesting research/work being done.

photo iamas 1

photo iamas 2

photo iamas 3

photo iamas 4

My studio is very nice. Problem is only what to do with all the empty space. My setup is minimal: computer, soundcard, controller and then I borrow a pair of speakers.

photo iamas studio 1

photo iamas studio 2

View from the studio. It's on the 4th floor in the IAMAS old building. on clear days you can see high beautiful mountains in the distance...

photo iamas view from studio window 1

photo iamas view from studio window 2

photo iamas view from studio window 3

June Practice Sessions - Again

2008-05-23 00:36 livecoding

Finally rendered MP3 excerpts of my 31 one hour practice sessions from last year. Music quality varies... the history files are still available at the swiki.


  • 171229: converted all files from .rtf to .scd and attached as a .zip


2008-04-13 09:48 electronics

Trying to finish this custom controller before leaving for Japan. Almost ready now - just the casing left to do. It has 5 rotary encoders (endless) with as many push buttons, 2 soft-potentiometers and 3 touch sensors (capacitive). It is built using the brilliant V-USB from Obdev and shows up as a standard HID devices. Small, lightweight and just one cable (USB). Plus it is very cheap to build - see parts list. The biggest cost is the encoders.

I took some inspiration for the design from Kenton's nice but expensive Killamix Mini, but wanted a few different types of controllers and also have them arranged asymmetrically. This so I don't have to look at the device while playing. When I've tried other controllers with evenly spaced knobs, I've often lost track and have had to look down and even start counting knobs to figure out which one I was using. With this layout, I won't have this problem. Also, the layout resembles the shape of my upcoming performance costume redUniform.

Schematics, parts list and firmware are available on the page /hardware/#redkontrollers.

redKontroll photo 1 redKontroll photo 2

redKontroll photo 4

redKontroll schematics


2008-04-06 19:32 electronics

This is my hacked front light for my bike. It's an ATtiny45 AVT microcontroller that I programmed to play the complete 14min drum part in Ravel's Bolero. The reason I picked Bolero was that it's a fairly well-known rhythm and that it's very repetitive (= don't require much memory).

Firmware attached below.

bikelightBolero photo1bikelightBolero photo2

bikelightBolero schematics


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