Projects to Develop
**more sketches will be uploaded soon**
1. GUITARBOT 2.0
(aka Miss.GuitarBot, referencing Eric Singer's original GuitarBot)
This piece was developed over the summer with Andy Doro. Using the guts of a printer, we created an "musical robot." Inside the printer cartridge is a piezo running through a LM386 op amp as a pickup microphone. As the cartridge rides up and down a guitar string on a DC motor, a stepper motor attached at the bottom of the runner plucks the string. With potentiometers and switches, we can control both the speed and direction of the plucking and sliding. The closer the cartridge is to the plucking stepper motor, the higher the frequency of sound (and yes, it sounds like a guitar -- a Sonic Youth guitar :)).
Aside from general aesthetic design concerns, further development of this project will be creating multiple bots playing different gauge guitar strings. We would also like to experiment with having an image control the sound: instead of a printer printing ink to produce a copy of an image, the printer will play a guitar string based on the image being sent to it.
GuitarBot 2.0: printer cartridge on the guitar string
GuitarBot 2.0: mounted on wood with stepper motor and electronics all over the place!
2. SPEAKER SYNTH
feedback loop system. playing the sound of electricity. more here
3. GEAR COMPOSITIONS
a) weight: several gear systems powered by a single weight
b) distance: remote, hand crank controlled wooden gear systems (referencing the removal of "distance" as a result of our technologies)
c) guts: gear systems embeded within found objects (dug out interiors).
4. MOTOR POETRY
tiny motor driven systems, animating recursive narratives. Each system will relate to the other.