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Diamond in the rough (Bathhouse)


Diamond in the rough (The Bathhouse) | Live Electronic Performance project


Inspired by Dr. Ben Freeth’s work (Decoded in discovery museum). Ben advised me to combine Arduino and Puredata together to have some fun.


Bathhouse in Miyazaki’s best film Spirited Away is the place to start. The place for gods to come and take a bath. Place where spirits meet. This led me to the decision to use the fog maker (inspired by Ben).

A design in small aquarium is the result of this approach. Aquarium gravel and rocks are the main needed materials for the mystic view design. Combing with simple chords writing from logic pro, I designed a simple music box with carton and letter envelopes, then covered the theme song from the film.


Simply testing with sound data sending from Arduino to Puredata. Use all fresh skills I learned from Professor John Bowers’s live electronic performance module and Dr. Tom Schofield’s Arduino sessions.


Maiden’s Love


One set of waves sends you back to the Kingdom of Maiden (click to see).


Once upon a time, in that peaceful country, there was a queen who once fell in love with a monk. The queen asked him to stay with her, so that he would become the king, become rich and mighty. The monk paid his respect to the queen, but decided not to stay. “I understand that because we are humans, and humans have a heart to love. But I had already freed myself from wealth and unwholesome thoughts. My only happiness is to practice meditation”, the monk said.

In a bitter morning, the monk decided to left the Kingdom of Maiden, what remained was a speechless face from the queen, as if she lost her whole kingdom, as if she stopped breathing when she saw him leaving further and further away on his horse forever…


In a specific duration, one hit to send out the ultrasonic waves, one check to receive the signal bouncing back.

All about the math Distance = Speed x Time.

Secret of Robinson Library (Pd & Arduino)


The Secret (click to see)

Have you ever wondered about something that is very difficult to explain? Do you believe that there are always mystery or secret instead of only its common appearance?

Do you believe that there are two moons in this world? Do you agree with Murakami that “things may look different to you than they did before. But don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality” (Murakami, 2009)?

By looking back to some stills from the handphone, combining Pure Data and Arduino together, with LEDs diamond as the secret detector, you are now able to capture the unrevealed frequencies that no-one could ever see or could ever hear. The secret behind in our quiet Robinson Library is waiting for you to discover in the URL above.


Murakami, H (2009). 1Q84 Book 1 いちきゅうはちよん 第1部. Tokyo: Shinchosha.

Final outcome of ARC8016 Emergent Digital Design Methods

Solar Fern

I have unfortunately neglected to keep the updates of this module posted however over the past few weeks of semester 1 I was able to fabricate a prototype of the Solar Fern.
You can see some pictures below and read about it in this report:

Project Work: tests with tint()

Tint function using the mouse position to control the alpha channel and thus the blending.

here the alpha is controlled by data from the distance sensor, it’s not smooth and the readings are really wild switching from 10 to 100 and back. Either the sensor is inaccurate or I’m doing something wrong with the Arduino sketch.

Looking at Pure Data

Arduino Layout

We ha a look at controlling Pure Data with Arduino.
Ben gave us the OSCuino library and files and we connected potentionmeters to the Arduino via a breadboard.

The Arduino code that was uploaded to the board allowed for serial communication from the board to Pure Data.
The potentiometers allowed control of the faders that are seen in the picture.

By using the ‘Send’ and ‘Receive’ commands I was able to control aspects of other Pure Data patches that I was able to create, such as:

The BPM control of a drum machine.


and multiple faders on a synthesiser.

☹ + ♫ = ☺


My Demo ここ:


My bedroom became a discotheque by running a song loop for the whole night with this test. Only one RGB led was found on the kit, so could not make a trivalent blinking try.

This little board opens a whole imaginary world to creative people for sure. Wiring is the most time consuming part maybe, but once we think of the result we are going to see, we will almost forget who we are. In fact, we are no-one in this world… So… shut the light off… It is time for some music with LEDs.

Arduino to Processing


I identified two possible projects for HSS8120, but still need further research un.til deciding which way to go. Learning to send data, sensor data, from Arduino to Processing is going to be part of either projects and thinking about the live event as well. The following is a simple test, sending and visualizing  data from a Piezo disk.

Arduino test


First real Arduino home practice with the new kits. It’s a modified love-o-meter, into a thermometer. Temp scale: base temp set to 18C. (yellow LED), 21C and 24C (green LED), 16C (red LED).

First Experiment with Arduino

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I’ve borrowed an Arduino kit from the technicians in Culture Lab, and have started my practice with some exercises. In this blog I will talk about my first experiment with it. It was a totally new thing to do, but I really enjoyed it because it is always good to gain a new skill that can break a lot of limits and boundaries and therefore it would enable me to expand my art practices to a wider prospect.

The Arduino Starter Kit contains all items you need to start practicing Arduino projects. It has an Arduino UNO board, a beard board which gives you extra space to make your connections,  electric components such as resistors, wires LED lights, LCD screen and the Arduino projects book.

The book is a very good point to start, it is well designed and it uses a simple and direct method to deliver the basics of everything related to this micro-controller starting from making electric circuits, to programming with some examples of some simple projects to start with.

I have started with building an electric circuit, by connecting an LED light to the power through a resistor and it is connected to a switch from the other side.

This Image demonstrates the connection of this basic circuit. when I press the button the light works and it stops when I remove my finger.

After doing this simple exercise, I have started reading about programming through the Adruino software.

and that’s what I came up to with the help of the book, please see this: Video .

In order to make this “spaceship interface!” I have used the following sketch:

New experiments will be uploaded soon.