CDM & Other Brick Updates

•March 18, 2008 • 1 Comment

Brick Updates:

  1. Long-time fans of CDM (Create Digital Music), Owen and I are ecstatic about the article they just posted on Brick Table. If you aren’t already frequent readers of CDM, you should really check out their website– its one of our personal favorite places for music and technology information on the internet.
  2. Stability! Stability! We are currently working on making the table more stable and robust, both physically and on the software side of things for Yuri’s Night Bay Area.
  3. Brainstorming new ways to use the table and interesting new software to make to interface with the table. If you have any ideas, please feel free to email us or post a comment.
  4. Website. We are trying to add as much content to the website as possible. We will add be adding more photos and videos as we get our hands on them. We have some interesting demonstrations this week so keep an eye out for more photos soon. For now check out the photos and the youtube video we have up now, and please, please feel free to post comments!

NASA Here We Come! Brick @ Yuri’s Night 2008

•March 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Well ladies and gentleman, it is official…Brick is going to be at this years Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2008, the so called “Burning Man meets NASA” event sure to make history. For those of you who aren’t aware of Yuri’s night, it is an amazing event put on by NASA bringing together the best in science, technology, art and music.

It will be held on huge air hangers @ NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Ca. There is a great list of music being played including Amon Tobin (which we are super excited about), and Phil Lesh from the Greatful Dead, as well as lots of amazing art and installations.

Owen and I are sincerely honored to be a part of the event, which on April 12th should draw around 8,000 people. We might be showing Weather Report, and/or partnering with some NASA scientists on something completely new and unique for the event. Stay tuned to find out more.

For now check out Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2008’s website for more information on the event and how to attend.

First video of Brick on Youtube

•March 5, 2008 • 1 Comment

The video above is Owen Vallis and I demonstrating Weather Report, our first installation utilizing Brick at Sea and Space Exploration gallery in Los Angeles this past weekend as part of their Sound and Space series this month.

We developed a custom interface that would allow the user to sonify real-time weather data and make music! Heres what it’s doing:

On the screen you see a map of the U.S. showing the current surface temperature (represented by color). As you take the drawing object and draw a path across the map, for example my drive from Chicago to Los Angeles, it triggers sounds that are linked to those geographic locations. The interesting thing is that is also tracking the surface temperature of the areas your a journeying though, and using that data to filter the audio. Once you stop drawing, it will automatically begin looping your path.

At the same time, you can place two other objects on the table and depending on how you rotate them, they will play different sounds (percussion, clicks, pops, field recordings…). Once you find what you like, you stop rotating and they two will automatically begin looping…what you now have is sort of a mini composition. And because the data is being driven by surface temperature, which is updated every hour via the internet, you will constantly be getting new and different results from hour to hour, day to day…month to month…and so forth.

We are currently working on adding more functionality to this idea, and brainstorming new ways to use this amazing technology. Hopefully in the near future we will have it doing full multi-touch finger-tracking to make it an even more hands on experience for the user.