Date: Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 11:12
I’ve previously mentioned that I’m off to (cough) “cover” the BurningMan Festival in Black Rock City, NV for the PowerPage (translation: vacation). Leave it to Peter Kirn over at CreateDigitalMusic.com to actually cover the event. CDM’s got a really cool story about Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone at Burningman, which your humble editor spent a good hour or two playing around with at last year’s event. The thing is cool.
I’ll try to take some notes about the PowerBook and audio scene at )^( this year (pictures for sure) but I’m not promising anything, ok?
For some of the most bizarre and unusual music-sound installation art, look no further than Burning Man. Burning, indeed: this desert-based event has in the past featured Eric Singer’s Max/MSP-controlled pyrophone, a propane-powered flaming sound organ. (And, incidentally, that installation is making a repeat appearance this year.)
And what better activity when in the middle of the desert than tweaking knobs and producing strange electronic grooves? That’s the idea behind improbable orchestra, an interactive table full o’ knobs for collaborative soundmaking. Build one yourself: check out the copious design notes. Basic specs: the free Pure Data graphical multimedia development environment is running sounds, gutted Pentium PC with custom power supply, custom circuit board connecting the knobs and fiddly bits thorough a Parallax basic stamp board. (Lots more specs on their site, missing only details of the Pd patch.)