On our first studio day we experimented with the Hex Schmitt Trigger circuit. All together we built five separate circuits through varying the capacitors, resistors and adding additional oscillators. We started our project log where we will note down each circuit we build and the sound/effect this produces, our soundcloud will be a space to document our findings and will be important as we build the orchestra. A highlight of the day was playing with the 10p outputs from crocodile clips, this meant that a human (or in the case of the video below… a toy bust of Lenin) holding both the coins completed the circuit and generated the sound. By rubbing your fingers and moving them around this also altered the sound of the oscillator. Children and families loved having a play with this, holding hands or touching noses to complete the circuit… scientific fun!
We made a short showreel for the gallery that can be played when we are not in the sound lab. Throughout the residency we are going to experiment with moving image as a means to alter sound frequency. Projecting this first film near the light theremins proved to be a good jump off point for ideas playing around with visual movement, scrolling and opacity all affecting live sounds. Here is the first test recording of the Theremin Oscillators responding to and playing the sound from the showreel visuals. We are going to experiment with trying to limit the very high frequencies.
This week Noise Orchestra have been getting in at the National Media Museum. The gallery is looking amazing with our RED experimentation lab and performance area at one end of the space, an exhibition area displaying some of the objects and images from the collections (we are going to turn these into sounds) and a workshop area with five turntable and oscillator set ups for engagement with audiences.
Today we also trained the Explainers at the museum who will be leading drop in workshops for families and schools. Here they are drawing from the objects to create their own visual scores.
Moscow is a city bathed in lights and frentic with electricity. Using guitar pickups we rode the metro and walked the streets of the city to listen to the electromagnetic waveforms all around. There were lots of surprises, the underlying hum and drone of the town interspersed with bleeps, buzzes and surges of passing electric buses, transport and cables; here is a sample from our Metro journeys…
We took our circuits to Gorky Park today to test the mini amplifiers and see if we could produce fluctuations in shadow and sound through movement of the trees on the photocell. Sounded pretty good.