The work described here has not before been presented in Culture Lab. This is an example of minimal coding. This single line of C code:

main(t) { for (t = 0; ; t++) putchar(t*((15&t>>11)%12)&55-(t>>5|t>>12)|t*(t>>10)*32); }

when compiled produces looped output, which when interpreted as RAW audio gives a kind of minimal techno.

The code is generated using a bash script and compiled on the fly using the clang LLVM compiler.

FIN8010: Morse Code Workshop

Following on from the recent MFA/CAPs group show at the Old Low Light in North Shields I delivered a Morse Code Workshop for year five and six pupils from Redesdale Primary School, Wallsend on Friday 26th May. Pupils also made seagull models from milk cartons and gutted fish on the quayside.

Material Potential 17-03-10

The photograph shown below was taken by Tom Schofield. It shows two Telegraphic works which I presented at the Digital Cultures Research Group curated event Material Potential on the 10th March 2017. The first work is a meccano beacon, which uses a USB relay to flash Morse code messages; the second work is a command line recreation of a Wheatstone Cooke Five Needle Telegraph.

HSS8121: 7stories – chapbooks

Following on from the late shows I have uploaded for sharing images of my own collection of chapbooks. Some are reproductions of 19thC originals, others are my own design derived from the original form.


DMS8012: The Late Shows 17-05-20

I built an array of meccano controllers for this evening of live electronics. Pictures can be seen here:

In the words of Oscar Wilde “To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.”. Unfortunately my thoroughly outdated intellect did not anticipate a darkened room and the performance suffered from the fact that I could not see to plug anything in. Fortunately I had a MIDI controller available which I could use instead.

Images of patches used in the performance are shown below.

The audio files linked below were created in rehearsal for the event.

I also presented an FM radio transmission work, an extended version of which will be presented in Culture lab on the evening of 30th May.

DMS8012: Victorian Synth

In response to seminar lead by Prof. J.M. Bowers where he demonstrated not only Victorian beard, but also Victorian Synth I spent an enjoyable afternoon at home constructing the same. I also experimented with relays and a 6v buzzer, but I did not inhale.

Pictorial evidence can be viewed here:
Victorian Synth.

HSS8121: Reflection

What interests me the most about this course is that we can get involved with different artists in different areas. For example, I quite enjoyed the walking tour with Tim Shaw. We were not supposed to talk to each other or play cellphones during the walking. This gave me an opportunity to listen to the sound around us. I still remembered when we walked into the lift in the M&S, that was the first time I never spoke to people in the lift full of people I know. And the solar sound, which using the light as the power for the little speaker. It’s interesting the speaker made weird sound under different lights.

Speaking of the ice melting experiment , I’m not a fan of it. I can’t really get the point of the experiment and the process was tough as I had to bear the freezing ice in my hand and finally got nothing from it.

The Yossarian ‘creative‘ search engine. The idea is great, the search engine created a opening community for people in different areas. For example, the word “photography”, I found it quite useful as I can even learn something new from the subtrees of this word. And during the course, we were asked to create our own word and trying to find out the connections between the words. That was interesting when we found out the impossible connections between the words.

However, what I valued the most from this course was the opportunity for me to write a proposal. I’ve never done a proposal before so I really valued it and spent a lot of on it. The topic was interests and I will even produce it in the future.

HSS8121: Sound Art and Public Space 17-02-16

16th Feb we made solar sound modules using a hex-schmitt-inverter.

HSS8121: Flip Flop Circuit 17-02-09

On the 9th of March we made flip flop circuits. I first did this in the 70’s using plans taken from the Woolworth’s published Project Book 057 – Make Your Own Computer.

Book 159 – Experiments in Sound may also be useful in the context of #mediaarcheology.

HSS8121: proposal

Why I want to research the transformation from digital cameras into film like?
As a film user myself, I found it very fascinating and convenient to use films as I don't need to adjust the colour too much and each film has its unique colour as well.
However, many friends of mine are using digital cameras and they often ask me to change them into film's appearance. That is really a task for me as I can't make the digital images look exactly like the films. Then I started to research whether or how can I simulate the 35mm films appearance completely.

Is film dying?
I don't think so. Although in the 2010s, many film companies have announced that they will stop making films. Surprisingly, in 2017, Kodak announced that they will resume the production of a very famous film Ektachrome and other companies for example Italian company called Ferrania also decided to resume the production. According to Ilford’s sales figures, the recovery has been going on for some time, and in the past three years, sales have risen by more than 5% a year.
So people are still loving with the films and it should be a good research proposal for researching the films.

In what ways?
Algorithms, histograms, manual editing.
These are the 3 ways I figured out first. According to E. Reinhard, M. Adhikhmin, B. Gooch and P. Shirley(2001), they used simple statistical analysis to impose one image's colour r characteristics on another. They succeeded to achieve colour correction by choosing an appropriate source image and apply its characteristic to another image. They proposed an idea that firstly transform the colour space from the RGB to LMS, then convert the result into a new colour space lαβ, which is a transform of the LMS. Then the colour-correction method operates in the lαβ space as that will allow them to treat the colours in different channels separately. Finally transform the lαβ space back to the RGB space to display. Finally, applying the colour to the target image.
I was inspired by this and decided to use the histograms to test.

I believe that the digital cameras can't 100% simulate films' appearance as the imaging of films and electronic sensors are different. So they will perform different and film performs better in higntligh areas.