Methods and Technologies for Extracting Sounds. One.

A parabolic microphone for hearing sounds over distance ( in this case music on MP3 player headphones from 100ft away).

A solderless method of creating a robust contact microphone from a piezo (lots of hot glue…)

Cup + Pip + Software

Using a granular synthesis patch for PureData ( from pd-tutorial.com ) I’ve been making noise tapping around a laptop’s microphone.

A pip in a coffee cup provides a scraping, scratching sound that’s amplified and changed through this to sound like water (as granular synthesis often seems to).

Data Visualisation

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(slides from Tom Armitage’s talk, ‘Spreadsheets and Weathervanes’ at the Open Data Institute, thanks Riah)

Micro Research – Selection

The selected information – the heights of the users of ‘Boris Bikes’ who have entered South Kensington recently. We can infer this from the heights of the saddles on each bike, and the reflector attached to the back of each provides a useful reference point for this.

We could use further data (from TFL?) to understand the turnaround time on the bikes and, potentially, get a changing picture of the users throughout the day.

Physical Computing & humanity.

From Angus’ Physical Computing seminar: Automation and responsive technology (automatic lights, for example) appeal to our failings – laziness, forgetfulness.

Notes From The Universe

Back in March, I attended ‘Notes From The Universe’ at the Southbank Centre.  It involved talks on Black Holes, space-based poetry and a talk from Honor Harger about Radio Astronomy – the sonification of data from the universe.

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