After my dog was done chewing on this stick, I drilled some holes in it and chopped the end off to try to make a membrane pipe. It didn’t work very well, making only a single, annoying note.
A lot of airplanes come in low over the park where I walk my dog. I recorded a bunch of them and layered them together.
It’s not quite an instrument, but there’s a chance it’ll come in handy someday. It would’ve been much easier to buy one of these things. Thanks to Adam and Noah for helping me figure out the machine tools!
A dog toy, a balloon, and two googly eyes.
I froze a contact microphone in a cup of water, and thawed it out again.
I stuck contact mics onto a bunch of different plates and vessels and put them out on the rain. I like this sound so much that I’m tempted to make a permanent installation that I can plug in whenever it rains. Inspired by Quintron’s Singing House, which I spent a lot of time listening to last year.
This is the last day of Instrument-a-day 2012. Thanks for following along! I’ll be giving a talk about the project at Dorkbot NYC next Wednesday, March 7th, and performing with Andrea Williams, Dan Joseph, and the Glass Bees in Brooklyn on Saturday the 10th.
Turning the click-clack of an old wind up motor into MIDI time code to control the playback of a recording. (I’ll try it on with a video next!)
(Inside the box, the wind up motor has a flapping arm that interrupts a light beam. Each clack of the motor generates a MIDI SPP command which tells the computer how far / fast to move through the recording.)