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Hello,

I just migrated everything over to http://mearaoreilly.tumblr.com/, so I won’t be posting to this blog anymore.

Please follow me there instead!

Meara.


05:57 pm, mearaoreilly
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Last year I collaborated with Snibbe Interactive and Björk on concert visuals for her Biophilia tour. Cymatic patterns were choreographed and synced to the basslines of songs. The video was designed to be projected on the floor so as to give the appearance that Björk stands on a large cymatic device. In some cases, the projections occurred on backdrop screens. You can read more about the project here.

For the best listening experience, please wear headphones: the low basslines that the patterns are synced to don’t read well on most laptop speakers.

Cymatics for Cosmogony (bassline) from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

Cymatics for Moon (excerpt with full instrumentation and vocals) from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

Cymatics for Moon (bassline) from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

Cymatics for Hollow (bassline) from meara o’reilly on Vimeo.

Produced by: Snibbe Interactive
Director of Photography and Editing: Noah Cunningham
Assistant Director of Photography: Elia Vargas
Project Manager: Sharon Hibbert
Production Assistant: Sharon Pieczenik

Special Thanks to:
Isaiah Saxon
Sean Hellfritsch
Saul Griffith
Ray Gruenig
Tucker Gilman
Joshua Kit-Clayton
Andrew Benson
Curver Thoroddson
Damian Taylor


05:58 pm, mearaoreilly
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Illusion Songs

I have a new project, called Illusion Songs.  It’s a curated collection of auditory illusions found in indigenous folk and popular musics as well as scientific demonstrations.  

As the collection fills out, it will turn into an archive, searchable by terms from both ethnomusicology and cognitive science.

 In addition to the collection, I will be writing and recording a series of original music compositions for voice and home-made instruments based on the best practices of songs and demonstrations presented here. A unified collection of acoustic ‘covers’ of lab demonstrations for educational purposes will also result. Instruments being built for this include a glass bell ‘gamelan’, and a midi-controlled pipe organ.

 

08:26 pm, mearaoreilly
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mearaoreilly:

Not for the faint of heart, but this “trans-nasal fiberoptic stroboscopy” of vocal chords during singing is actually quite beautiful.


05:40 pm, mearaoreilly
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I’ll be debuting a prototype of my Chladni Singing exhibit for the Exploratorium at tomorrow evening’s After Dark program.
Nov. 3rd 2011, 6-10 pm
3601 Lyon st
San Francisco CA 

I’ll be debuting a prototype of my Chladni Singing exhibit for the Exploratorium at tomorrow evening’s After Dark program.

Nov. 3rd 2011, 6-10 pm

3601 Lyon st

San Francisco CA 


09:32 pm, mearaoreilly
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Georg Von Békésy’s mechanical model of the cochlea.  Click through the picture for an explanation.

Georg Von Békésy’s mechanical model of the cochlea.  Click through the picture for an explanation.


09:31 pm, mearaoreilly
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Musiques Rituelles Pour Cloches et Gongs, by Alain Kremski.  For two more tracks, click here and here.

Musiques Rituelles Pour Cloches et Gongs, by Alain Kremski.  For two more tracks, click here and here.


05:45 pm, mearaoreilly
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The Hang is a unique and beautiful sounding instrument developed in Switzerland in 2000. They are extremely rare and hard to get a hold of.  Here’s how to build a $27 version of one using a propane tank.  Original instructions here.

The Hang is a unique and beautiful sounding instrument developed in Switzerland in 2000. They are extremely rare and hard to get a hold of.  Here’s how to build a $27 version of one using a propane tank.  Original instructions here.


05:41 pm, mearaoreilly
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Harry Partch's Cloud Chamber Music.

Harry Partch's Cloud Chamber Music.


02:45 pm, mearaoreilly
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I recently discovered Josephson microphones.  These Santa Cruz-based engineers are doing groundbreaking design work. Pictured here is the anechoic chamber used for testing the sensitivity of each mic.  Click through the photo for a link to a fascinating Wired article on their process.

I recently discovered Josephson microphones.  These Santa Cruz-based engineers are doing groundbreaking design work. Pictured here is the anechoic chamber used for testing the sensitivity of each mic.  Click through the photo for a link to a fascinating Wired article on their process.