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.
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
Georg Von Békésy’s mechanical model of the cochlea. Click through the picture for an explanation.
Musiques Rituelles Pour Cloches et Gongs, by Alain Kremski. For two more tracks, click here and 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.
Harry Partch's Cloud Chamber Music.
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.
A collection of antique bone-conduction hearing devices.