The Arcade | Chicago Curates Columbia: Audio Arts and Acoustics

I recently helped students in Jesse Seay’s Sound Art Electronics class use piezo disc contact microphones to build amplified sound sculptures and instruments for public interaction at The Arcade, an exhibition space at Columbia College Chicago. Their handmade electroacoustic creations were very fun and effective. The show runs for one month and closes May 2, 2014.

In addition to piezo disc contact microphones, Jesse’s students made many simple light-sensitive oscillators grouped together in a wonderful installation room within the gallery, and in one playful—and soundful—sculptural object.

Alt_tech: CEC—eContact! 12.3 – Instrument – Interface

Handheld Audio Art Devices, article published in June at http://cec.concordia.ca/econtact/12_3/

eContact! is the Canadian Electroacoustic Community’s (CEC) online journal of electroacoustics launched in May 1998 as the successor to its print journal, Contact! …published four times a year in French and English. Guest editors have been invited to coordinate one issue per year. Articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries and analyses are featured in the journal, supported by audio and video files. All freely available to the public.

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Springboard for Hardware Hacking DVD

You can watch it here: http://vimeo.com/10216719

“one of the 87 videos on the accompanying DVD to the second edition of Nicolas Collins’s book, Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking, published by Routledge in 2009. This 1-minute video was shot and edited by Gretchen Hasse from the original Gearwire.com video interviews about the Springboard.”

Springboard for Hardware Hacking DVD from Eric Leonardson on Vimeo. It only takes a minute to watch!

2nd Annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Photos and Video

The 2nd Annual Guthman Musical Instrument Competition ended Saturday, February 27 at Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. Severe snow storms in New York made it difficult, if not impossible for some entrants to make the trip. I didn’t win a prize, but I did have a highly rewarding experience, some of which I can share with you here in the form of video, images, and links.

Visit this page to read Georgia Tech’s March 15 announcement of the 2010 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition winners.

Steven Litt auditions CrudBox

Steven Litt auditions the CrudBox for the 2nd annual Guthman Musical Instrument competition at Georgia Tech. This is a self-built instrument using solenoids, piezo pickups, and sequencing with an Arduino board. Out of eight finalists Steven was one of the four prize winners. The other winners were Tomas Henriques, Keith McMillen, and Loud Objects. Continue reading

Topping the List of LMJ’s “Most Downloaded Articles”

Leonardo Music JournalNic Collins informed me that my 2007 article, “The Springboard: The Joy of Piezo Disk Pickups for Amplified Coil Springs” has topped the list of Leonardo Music Journals “Most Downloaded Articles.”

My article was published in LMJ Volume 17 and is a free download intended to educate and inspire you to make your own to explore and discover sounds. Please enjoy.

5-minute Springboard Video Added to Youtube

This evening I uploaded a 5-minute video about the springboard to my youtube account. I made it two years ago with Gretchen Hasse. Please use this link to view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id0MDuHX1hY

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Recently Published: Leonardo Music Journal & Radio Territories

Leonardo Music Journal
“The Springboard: The Joy of Piezo Disk Pickups for Amplified Coil Springs” Forthcoming publication, LMJ 17 due out December 2007.

Radio Territories edited by Erik Granly Jensen and Brandon LaBelle, published by Errant Bodies, w/ accompanying CD.