Monday 27th June
June 27th, 2016
10am. Studio 1. Studio 1, Audio Communications Group, 3rd floor, Elektronische Studio, TU Berlin.
Lecture 8 . An introduction to sonification : what, why and how : considering a variety of approaches, both digital and analogue.
I introduce a discussion proposing site and its specificity as a source of decisions around audio content and compositional strategies. I’m surprised that student experience so far has been almost entirely studio based. We consider historical, geological, social, physical, political and experiential inputs for a variety of sites including the Tiergarten. Then I introduce sonification and a variety of possible approaches, from pen to paper and literal, to digitized, removed and quite abstracted from original source. Creates an amount of confusion stimulating fundamental thought such as – why do I make music? who is it for? and what sounds? you mean there’s a choice?
Sunday 26th June
June 26th, 2016
Landing back in Berlin, no longer a European. Fresh German air has never tasted so good.
Saturday 25th June
June 25th, 2016
I’ve been taken to the Crystal Palace concert platform. WOW. Did you know this was there? It has to be one of the most fabulous outdoor stages I’ve ever come across. Perfect alignment. Rusted Iron. Concrete. Lily padded lake afront. What happens here? Can we come play? Do you all know about it already? Closed due to Health and Safety issues? I’m going to investigate.
I was also given a purple touring bike and the sun came out. But #Brexit pain digs deep still.
Friday 24th June
June 24th, 2016
I am alone naked about to get in the shower. I’m hearing Jeremy Corbyn on the news. His voice sounds anxious. Something is wrong. I freeze seeing my reflection white in the mirror crumble. News gradually reveals. We are leaving Europe. #Brexit has won. CRASH. The shock is physical and sickening. I am blasted, car crashed. It feels like being in New York watching the 2nd tower fall on 9.11.
Later, I do get on my bike and I do ride across town to the Delfina in time to play. We are all horrified. But we move and play through the numb. Pain. At 5pm we perform and our 25 min show is solid and somehow stunning. Thank you all for your action. Katie, you were so right. We Londoners had no idea what was going on outside of our southern city satiated social networked biased views on the world.
Thursday 23rd June
June 23rd, 2016
I am back in London to work with Joe Moran at the Delfina Foundation. Bodies moving in a beautiful small basement space. Clean white oak concrete glass aesthetic. Dominating. I have set up a small 8 channel genelec system. Delicious. However, adjacent all day drilling noise and silent dancing requirements make things not as expected. The wonderful Phyllida Barlow also joins, so things become less and less as expected. Great! However, disappointing that still the visual arts dance worlds are reluctant to consider sound and music as the architectural and contextualising ingredient that it is. Even the useful Evening Talk avoided this.
Thursday 16th June
June 16th, 2016
9am and I am at the Berliner Lastenrad Netzwerk, Alt-Treptow with founder Christophe Vaillant. The BLN is a social project that designs and builds cargo bikes by recycling discarded/donated/broken bikes in different projects all over the city. I met Christophe 2 weeks ago and we have a plan to make a sonic cargo bike later in the year, but are first meeting to design and build a speaker bar for our Berlin Sonic bikes. Looking at models we’ve used so far, we come up with the above approach which a couple of hours later, in bright summer heat is made. How to attach the speakers to the bar though is not so straightforward. We have several options and retreat to research alternatives.
Super inspiring to have hooked up with such a project. Sonic bikes in Berlin are beginning to look as if they really will grow their own strand.
Wednesday 15th June
June 15th, 2016
9am Practical session, Floor 5, Electronics building, TU. Hall effect sensor fine tuning and application.
We are re-positioning the 2 Hall effect sensors made last week on sonic bike_berlin between the
1. front wheel spokes and inside bike frame by rim to measure cyclist’s speed, and
2. bike stem and handlebars to measure cyclists’s riding, wobbling and turning action.
Check how handlebar sensor is surprisingly sensitive to small turns. Next step is to tune this for riding.
Data stream created and audio produced is through a teensy connected to the RPi2 running Pd as before.
Monday 13th June
June 13th, 2016
10am. Studio 1. Studio 1, Audio Communications Group, 3rd floor, TU Berlin. Abundant massive rain delays attendance so we decide to postpone this weeks lecture:
[~ Lecture 7 . Which sound sources and why? Exploring the social and historical sound choice sources for on site composition in context. 1. individuals, society, community, methods of engagement. 2. human, geographic, geological, historical ~]
to next and focus on Tiergarten compositions. Solving technical issues and checking everyone’s action so far, we, between rain clouds, get on the sonic bike to test. Solo pieces are made rather than collective, so everyone needs to be independant.
Sunday 12th June
June 12th, 2016
Zaragoza. Not only hospitable but surprisingly cycle friendly. Check above design of hire city bikes. The venue for the Festival was a new conversion of an old mill and only 3 months open. With concert being free, and location out of the centre, audience ranged from trendy youth to 60 something couples dressed up for a Saturday night out. Thanks and onwards Antony !
Friday 10th June
June 10th, 2016
Good to be back in Spain. Last time was May 2015 with Francisco Lopez and Lee Patterson. Now I’m alone, buzzing through Madrid heading for Zaragoza. Feeling truly European having flown over this huge continent without having deal with UK border details. I’ve been invited to play the closing night of Radical dB festival and Love Shark will be on the menu. Hammers gather as starter. Frankly, it’s also good to be off bicycles for a moment.