I have begun the process of rebuilding my entire site. Please stand by while content is being updated. For the most part, my work content has been focused towards my production art company, LadyBrain Studios. We build custom electronic solutions with an emphasis in physical computing and immersive lighting.
For the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire, Paul Stoffregen of Teensy Microcontrollers was contacted by Kickstarter to be a part of their group exhibit. Paul had successfully kickstarted his new Teensy 3.6, and wanted to build an interactive display that helped to showcase some of its possibilities. Stoffregen contacted me from LadyBrain Studios, Ross Fish of Moffenzeef Modular, Ben Davis of Malekko to build an interactive synthesizer to take to the Bay Area Maker Faire. Together we, created a multifunctional synthesizer we called the 'Monolith Synth'. Check out this detailed post on the DorkBotPDX page with links to the design files for this project. https://dorkbotpdx.org/node/1274 This was the display card included with the demos We had less than a month to complete the build project, but with the other talented members on the team we were able to create a durable and collaborative synth in time for the Bay Area Maker Faire. The kids at the event had a blast interacting with the monolith synthesizer. We won a 'best in class' award for our creation, which we didn't think much of at first, but apparently they only handed out one of those types of awards per building at the event.
In spring of 2017 I traveled to Chicago to teach a series of electronic workshops. They were taught at Nicolas Collins sonic arts class at SAIC, Jesse Seays electronics class at Columbia College, and at Chicagos biggest hackerspace Pumping Station: One. We experimented with different sound applications and the students at Pumping Station: One learned how to solder and read schematics. It was a wonderful trip and I enjoyed exploring the rich arts scene that Chicago has to offer.
In summer '16 I was commissioned to create a large-scale led matrix video wall installation to accompany steel plasma cut sculpture by Michael Christopher Matson. I created a ~4'x8' led matrix. The LEDs are controlled with 4 Fadecandies on a raspberry pi with a HDMI touchscreen interface. The panel was initially milled with a CNC machine to get even spacing, and the touchscreen is enclosed in a parametric 3d printed case. Construction and raspberry pi configuration was done by me, and the video controller and touchscreen interface by Daniel Bornhorst. https://www.facebook.com/neal.darcy/posts/10154612364184187?pnref=story
In early 2016 I was a part of a collaborative immersive electronic installation show, Circuit Breaker, featuring solo works by myself, Michael A. Morris, and Luke Hardnen at the TWU art gallery. Featuring installations receiving interactive data from the internet, harnessed through the use of raspberry pis, Arduinos, and maxMSP installations, we created an immersive experience and hosted an artist discussion panel to complete the event. https://apps.twu.edu/calendar/showevent.aspx?sEventID=2239
For the 2016 Digital Dallas showcase, we created a Twitter #lovebomb interactive LED map in collaboration with IdeaCombine. http://www.ladybrainstudios.com/works/lighting/