: instrument making: Digital


Performance-installation solo pour scies musicales automatisées de 3 mètres, ensemble d’automates fait de lames de scies ronde, mobile-automate de lames, lames libres, égoïnes, égoïnes à tiges et autres instruments et automates sonores fait à partir d’objects coupants avec leurs traitements en temps réel en quadriphonie.
Double-Tranchant is a comment on the contrast between the rough and dangerous and the meditative and enchanting.

Making Waves: Sonia Paço-Rocchia, Alan Bloor

Sep 9, 2017

Produced by NAISA.

This month: On Making Waves NAISA presents an August 2017 recording of a performance from the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art with Sonia Paço-Rocchia from Montreal and Alan Bloor from Toronto. They both used saw blades as the focus of their sound exploration. Paço-Rocchia’s performance of Scies used saws automated with solenoids and transformed with live signal processing. Alan Bloor’s performance called Dual Abrasives combined his two projects Pholde and Knurl. It used analog effects treatments of saws.

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Lames @ Interstices - Sentier sonore 04v01

Lames - work in progress

Lames @ Interstices - Sentier sonore 04v01 - work in progress

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Finding silent motors

Some welding
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Pulley are hard work with big tools, but we wont see them. That said, I started to really like them.

Finally not raining, test day

My setup. Box now nearly waterproofed, my Max/MSP patch half done, my silent MIDI to stepper motor interface finished and nicely running, amps running nicely, new sound interface is fine, everything is screwed in place, just need the right power supply for the amps instead of my maker space one.

Sandwiched piezo, 8 of them build wired

First pulley test with the full sized saw. Running better than expected.

Cut more musical saws today. Gloves for scale.
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Setup day 2 first saw
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Setup day 3 second and third saw
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Setup day 4, technical stuff and rust
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Setup day 5, technical test and composition
Lames24 Setup day 6, composition and taking the cables up

When things went wrong: rain and electronics do not go together
Lames26 When things went wrong: exploded cap

Solution: Better home made interface to avoid exploding caps with diodes and relays and yes, it is a tea box
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