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Schhh…

gated_oscillator

Nov 21st saw a visit to Culture Lab from Ann Rosén and Sten-Olof Hellström from the Stockholm-based Schhh… record label. A collaborative audio piece was developed using Schmitt NAND gates. The gated oscillators were manipulated using a range of different resistive materials, including graphite and knitted yarn.

audio art + language

chickenheads

Also generated through the collaborative instructioning project, this body of work focuses on the dissonance between audio art and language. Starting as a playful investigation using image manipulation and collage, the process resulted in a series which questions the language through which we articulate our understanding of audio art and music.

Though the works may appear frivolous, the intent is one of serious exploration. These works have resulted in a much greater project which has resulted in the design and building of a series of flexible half rack audio modules under the name ‘Passive Devices’. Full description of this will be included in a later posting.

magnitizdat

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Magnitizdat refers the practice common in the former Soviet Union by which sound recordings were copied and shared through underground distribution networks. This practice was referenced in response to the instructioning project previously described.

A small box of assorted buttons and jewelery findings were used to create images which were interpreted using the Virtual ANS Spectral Synthesizer. In it’s original form the instrument, developed by Russian inventor Yevgeny Murzin uses photo-optic methods to control and generate audio tones. In this respect it is not unlike the methods developed by British sound artist Daphne Oram.

For this project a digital version of the original device was used. Audio generated was transferred to magnetic tape and returned in the same box that had contained the buttons and other items.

collaboration

Also begun in mid October, this project looked at collaborative practice. Working as a group of three students we derived a process of instruction and exchange. Each of the three participants wrote a set of instructions, which were exchanged and actioned. The instructions were designed to be open to interpretation. The process being more important than the results.

for my own part I developed a set of wooden sticks with numbers and letters. These could be used to define the starting point for creative investigation through mapping, music or visual design. Instructions were written to accompany the sticks, which became known as CAPsticks.

CAPsticks

In responding to instructions given I developed two significant starting points for future work. These will be described in the next two posts

indignez-vous (part two)

A bash script was written to compare with the ‘Jungle’ Processing sketch.


# ====================================
# get_images
# ====================================
function get_images {
w=320
h=240
size=${w}x${h}
location=$2
key=
for x in {000..359}
do
wget -O "$1/$x.jpg" "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/streetview?size=${size}&location=${location}&key=${key}&heading=${x}"
done
}
# ====================================
# make_movie
# ====================================
function make_movie {
fps=25
mencoder -ovc copy -mf w=${w}:h=${h}:fps=${fps}:type=jpg "mf://$1/*.jpg' -o $1/$1.avi
}
# ====================================
# launch_location
# ====================================
function launch_location {
mkdir $1
get_images $1 $2
make_movie $1
}
launch_location "main_entrance" "50.969044,1.9026489"
launch_location "NE_entrance" "50.9741199,1.9069103"
launch_location "E_entrance" "50.9728416,1.907662"
launch_location "SE_corner" "50.9658351,1.9094917"

The script gathers images from inside the besieged city of Allepo. Images are compiled to video using mencoder. The script was found to be sighificantly faster than using Processing and gave significantly better quality results.

indignez-vous (part one)

TheJungle(Map)

Completed in October 2016, this project uses the Processing software and language as a tool to investigate the politics of cartography.

Reflecting contemporary concern the project took as it’s focus the now defunct ‘Jungle’ refugee camp outside Calais. Google maps, ‘map view’ shows only empty land.

Using the ‘aerial view’ tents, caravans and small figures can be seen.

The Open Street Maps project has a far more complete depiction, revealing avenues, living quarters, churches, shops and mosques.

Co-ordinates were extracted from the Open Street Map representation. These wre used to download images from Google maps to create a 360° rotation.


/*
====================================
get_img.pde
download images
Mike Hirst
Sun 16 Oct 2016 18:11:32 BST
====================================
*/

PImage [] images;

int numImages = 360;
int counter = 0;

String base_url = "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/streetview";
String size = "120x120";
String api_key = "";

void setup() {

images = new PImage[numImages];
img_array ("img1", "50.969044,1.9026489", "main_entrance");
img_array ("img2", "50.9741199,1.9069103", "NE_entrance");
img_array ("img3", "50.9728416,1.907662", "E_entrance");
img_array ("img4", "50.9658351,1.9094917", "SE_corner");
println("job done");
exit();
}

void img_array (String array_name, String location, String location_name) {
for (int i=0; i<numImages; i++) {
images[i] = loadImage( base_url+"?size="+size+"&location="+location+"&key="+api_key+"&heading="+str(i), "jpg");
String fname = location_name+"/"+str(i)+".jpg";
println(fname);
images[i].save(savePath(fname));
}
}

void draw() {
}

N.B. api_key has been removed.

More code was written to play back the images sequences as four simultaneous rotating views.


/*
====================================
jungle.pde
(display google images)
Mike Hirst
Sun 16 Oct 2016 17:26:28 BST
====================================
*/

PImage [] img1;
PImage [] img2;
PImage [] img3;
PImage [] img4;
int numImages = 360;
int counter = 0;

void setup() {
size(480, 480);

img1 = new PImage[numImages];
img2 = new PImage[numImages];
img3 = new PImage[numImages];
img4 = new PImage[numImages];

for (int i=0; i<numImages; i++) {
img1[i] = loadImage( "../get_img/main_entrance/"+str(i)+".jpg" );
img2[i] = loadImage( "../get_img/NE_entrance/"+str(i)+".jpg" );
img3[i] = loadImage( "../get_img/E_entrance/"+str(i)+".jpg" );
img4[i] = loadImage( "../get_img/SE_corner/"+str(i)+".jpg" );
}
}

void draw() {
image(img1[counter], 0, 0, 240, 240);
image(img2[counter], 240, 0, 240, 240);
image(img3[counter], 0, 240, 240, 240);
image(img4[counter], 240, 240, 240, 240);

counter++;
if (counter>=numImages) {
counter=0;
}
}

Significantly there is no evidence of the camp’s existence revealed in any of the four 360° rotations.

indignez-vous

TheJungle(Map)

Completed in October 2016, this project uses the Processing software and language as a tool to investigate the politics of cartography.

Reflecting contemporary concern the project took as it’s focus the now defunct ‘Jungle’ refugee camp outside Calais. Google maps, ‘map view’ shows only empty land.

Using the ‘aerial view’ tents, caravans and small figures can be seen.

The Open Street Maps project has a far more complete depiction, revealing avenues, living quarters, churches, shops and mosques.

Co-ordinates were extracted from the Open Street Map representation. These wre used to download images from Google maps to create a 360° rotation.

get_img

More code was written to play back the images sequences as four simultaneous rotating views.

jungle

HSS8120 Outcomes

webwxgetmsgimg

The maifesto had been done several days ago. I took a hand-writting form to create it and added some illustrations which can represent post-truth in my opinion on it.

The project is done as well. This which I call “Anti-lost Machine” is definitely a combination thing but it’s more like a flash based computer game.

Finally, the presentation will be about the general processings of the project. but considering it has to be performative, so I made a video in it.

HSS8120: PROJECT STATUS

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Thought i’d post some photos of the development of my project;

Some planning and laying out of ideas, and building upon them.

Vladislav Surkov was a big inspiration. Confusion, and information, and the confusion of information to cause a dada-esque rejection of rationality and reason.

 

More about this soon!

HSS8120 – Finally The Final Maifesto

Mnifesto

The physical manifesto is now complete. And looks something like this…