Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Charybdis, William Pye’s Vortex Water Sculpture.

I stumbled across this stunning work of art: Charybdis, by British artist William Pye. Apparently the water level rises and falls over a regular period and the steps allow the visitor to see the vortex from above as well. As the excellent video below mentions, the choice of clear acrylic causes this to seem like self-contained block of writhing water.

via Neatorama

Sonic Event featured on Podcast!

Next week I'll be a featured guest on the St Cloud State University tech department's weekly podcast, Small Bytes. Topics to be discussed include a little background on my artistic background and how I came to incorporate technology in research and teaching, future uses of technology in art and on campus and other issues relating to technology and music. Fellow faculty member Glen Tuomaala will also be a guest, discussing how he is incorporating technology into Music Department recruiting and outreach.

I hope it is as exciting for you. It is for me!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Heartbeat Orchestra

an audio-visual performance during which the heartbeats of 12 classical musicians & the artist duo Terminalbeach control a computer composition & visualization environment. the musical score is generated in real time by the heartbeats of the musicians. they read & play this score from a computer screen placed in front of them.
the musicians are equipped with ECG (electrocardiogram) sensors. a computer monitors & analyzes the state of these 12 hearts in real time. the acquired information is used to compose a musical score with the aid of computer software. it is a living score dependent on the state of the hearts.


(via Information Aesthetics)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Jeep Waterfall

A few months ago I came across a great video of a similar waterfall that was used at an art gallery. This is slightly less aesthetically pleasing but still captivating. This video includes a bit of the technical background of how the system works. While I might not like the commercialism, it is still awesome!

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