Early Electronics Works

This is a demo video covering some of my electronic works from 2011-2013.  These are images of some of the circuitbent work that I had created over the years, which I performed with onstage and sold as custom commissions.

Interactive seashell synth. Each shell had a pressure sensor underneath it so it could be pressed to produce a variable pitch.
This was a light-reactive synthesizer I installed inside of a gutted radio. The power button for the radio was repurposed to control the sound output of the synthesizer.
This was a sound synthesizer I housed inside of an old instamatic camera. The audio jacks were placed inside the viewfinder so it could be connected to an external speaker.
This was a custom circuitbent creation made for the band Asex Tapes. I made the tape deck detachable so that it could be incorporated for added audio manipulation.
These were custom made circuitbent creations which I used for several years during performances. The unit was derived from a tape deck which had a built-in echo effect, which was the source for the majority of the bends. Much thanks to Casper Electronics for detailing some of the best bends available for this unit.

 

Monolith Synth with Teensy Microcontrollers

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.

 

Chicago Workshop Series

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.

 

LED matrix video wall installation

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

Circuit Breaker collaborative show at TWU

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

Digital Dallas/Tech Week interactive install

I was commissioned by Digital Dallas and Tech Week to create interactive electronic installations utilizing interactive sound sculptures and OpenFrameworks driven interactive projections http://techweek.com/dallas/

I worked on two different installations for this event.  One was an interactive seating installation that  I (LadyBrain Studios) created in collaboration with Multiforms.  It had two custom CNC milled seating arrangements with were installed with LEDs and transducer speakers.  There was a central control station loaded with ultrasonic distance sensors that would change the illumination, speed, and frequency response of the seating arrangement.