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Saturday
Mar242012

Wave of Matter

The sound of the sound installation Wave of Matter is created in a way similar to the ocean drum we had at our house when I was young. Only this one is square, and huge. Due to its square form factor it produces short waves of noise, unlike the ongoing whoosh of an ocean drum. This does make it a bit less interesting, sonically. 

This good looking installation was created by Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, an artist duo based in Helsinki. 

Via Yves de Mey

Saturday
Mar172012

The Centre of Silence

Jesper Norda created the sound installation The Centre of Silence for the Kalmar Konstmuseum. The installation consists of an empty room and sound, nothing else. A voice describes the space and the movement of air molecules in the room. In between the pieces of text the listener is treated to silence, a sine wave and white noise. 

Saturday
Mar102012

Power Model VII

Power Model VII (White Power) is a sound installation by Henrik Rylander. All white keys of three electric organs are pressed down with clamps, creating a suspenseful soundscape that sounds surprisingly un-static. 

Playing all those notes at the same time results in a massive sound blanket. Watch the video for an impression: 

Saturday
Mar032012

Paper Note

Another nice looking physical representation of a sound wave is created by Andrew Spitz from { sound + design } in collaboration with interaction designer Andrew Nip. Paper Note is made using a laser cutter to create discs of paper who form the waveform when joined on a piece of string. 

The video below gives a good impression of the process of creating the Paper Note:

Sunday
Feb262012

Audio Visual

Audio Visual, a project by Peter Crawley, shows us the waveforms of popular songs, neatly stitched on a piece of cardboard. Here we see a visual representation of Whole Lotta Love, with the waveform of one minute of audio on each line. 

Next to these visualized waveforms Peter Crawley also creates stitched art themed around architecture and typography. Printed versions of his artwork can be found at Print Process

Saturday
Feb182012

Invisiball

This looks like a promising game concept. I would really like to play this game. InvisiBall, by Håkan Lidbo is like a tennis game, except there is no ball, and it has to be played in the dark (or by blind players), as the only feedback that’s been given is in sound. Ten years ago I graduated with a racing game for the blind called Drive, this seems like an interesting addition to the same field. 

Via Create Digital Music

Tuesday
Feb142012

Years

A record player playing slices of wood looks good, doesn’t it? But what does it sound like? It all comes down to the analysis of the year rings in the tree. This installation called Years was created by Bartholomäus Traubeck, and creates an interesting, calming piano sound track. 

Monday
Feb062012

Cleartones Notifications

Last year I launched Cleartones, a set of minimalist ring tones which will not make you look stupid when your phone rings. I’ve been using the Cleartone called ‘Persistent’ for a while now, and received phone calls during meetings and even while teaching a lesson. In both cases no one commented or even turned their head because my phone rang. A good sign for me that the Cleartones concept is working.

Since the release of iOS 5 iPhone users are finally able to set custom tones for text messages, emails and other notifications. So I created Cleartones Notifications, minimalist, simple notification sounds for your iPhone or Android smart phone. Have a look at the Cleartones website for available options. You can also try some of them for free by paying with a tweet.

Thanks to Joachim Baan for supporting Cleartones and providing this beautiful image!

Wednesday
Feb012012

Coronado

We used to have an ocean drum at our house when I was a teenager. I loved to gently tilt and turn the drum and listen to the sounds of the waves. It’s nice to see Coronado, by Ong Kian Peng aka Bin, incorporating an ocean drum in a six channel surround sound installation. According to the artist, the installation was inspired by a visit to the beach at Coronado, hence the name.

Saturday
Jan142012

Sterntaler

Sterntaler is a sound installation made by the Berlin based collective hands on sound. Accompanying an exhibition of gold jewelry made by young designers from Berlin, they attempted to resemble the sound of gold dust.

The team placed 70 piezo disks on the window and walls of the exhibition space. Metallic sounds were played through these little speakers, creating a whispering invitation to passers by to enter the store. I love the subtlety of this installation. We don’t need heavy amps and subs all the time.