Theremin Sampler Watch
The original version of this watch told the time as well and was exhibited at Todd Baily’s Chicago Nerd Battle at Deadtech 2004. The concept was to bring the “Art of Noise” into common space and to integrate avante-garde practice into the everyday. Take it to class, on a date, while your driving. You get the idea.
The landscape of sound art and noise continues to expand into popular media, art institutions, and the hobby space. As well, the resurgence of synthesizers has brought this concept forward and it is no longer very radical but in the early 2000s, the internet had not yet provided a window for the layman noise freak and I felt like it was my duty to spread the word from the grassroots.
PWM Tone Generator
I built this instrument to help design other instruments. Its primary use is to help find the fundamental resonant frequencies and optimal PWM of ferrous (iron) metal objects. With an electromagnet at its output, it can induce vibration in objects such as metal tines, metal prongs, metal strings, and metal membranes. It is a square wave oscillator with pulse width modulation which means that you can change the percentage of on and off time of a single cycle in a square wave output. With a LCD readout, I can make notes to help me design driver coils, metal resonators, etc. I also made the variable power supply below which is fed into the generators power input and enables it to have a variable voltage output to the attached magnet.
This box houses a pickup and the electronics of a standard electric guitar. I use this to try alternate pickup positions and to make a standard electric guitar stereo for recordings. I have also used it in performances to pickup the low frequency pulses emitting from the solenoid coils of my robotic percussion. Its another fun all around experimenting instrument with many uses.
8-bit sampler, acrylic chassis with custom and circuit bent electronics from Yamaha VSS-30
Random Tone Generator
Collection of light modulated circuit bent sound generators housed in a plastic bowling ball. The gooseneck lamp is made from a weird tail light that I found at a truck stop.