Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sensor Research

So during my sensor research I found a motion detector sensor I thought was interesting:

And this tiny servo which I loved because of how tiny it was:

I've always thought touch sensors were interesting, like in touch lamps:

And this water sensor is cool too:

If this is what I think it is I think this would be cool to mess with, a tilt switch:

This orientation, motion, and gesture sensor is interesting as well:

Ok I feel like this is too many to pick from, they're all super cool, I can't decide!

Week 4 Report

I was out for the first part of this week, however I did end up soldering the #2 noise machine together, and I added an on/off switch (which was a great idea because otherwise it would just stay on and scream at me), however I didn't know that the steel wool used to clean the tips of the soldering irons were specific, and I used a kitchen steel wool which ended up melting the only small soldering tip I had for my soldering iron. So lessons learned, and I ended up ordering a new iron and a soldering steel-wool stand. So now I should have all the correct components. I just need to make a stand that has the clips to hold to pieces together and I should be set.

I asked for the #3 parts for the noise machine because hen putting the #2 #3 together on the breadboard I found that the #3 seemed to work better (or at least I liked it better, I stayed quiet until I touched the wires instead of just screaming at me the entire time the battery was plugged in), so I was going to solder all of the #3 parts together and see how that one turns out instead, and from there I'll decide which one to use for my actual project.

I also turned in some sketches for what I'd like my project to look like once I'm done. I definitely get a creepy vibe from the noise machine, so I'd like to incorporate a creepy design into my interface by molding together a bunch of doll parts and maybe try to incorporate LED lighting as well.

Week 3 Report

During this week we soldered these interesting blinky gadgets. I finished mine pretty quick, and I was told I would win something because I was one of the first five to finish. Still not entirely sure what I won, but it was hinted that I got to punch someone in the face??? But no worries, I'll gladly accept a monetary prize in replacement instead.

Turned in my "upgrade" poster, which everyone seemed to like, I know I would enjoy having an elf-ear aesthetic, glad to know I'm among fellow nerds.

And we discussed the Dunne and Raby article.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Project 1 -Sketches

Because the noise machine makes such creepy noises (and because Halloween is around the corner) I wanted to incorporate a weird and creepy design for the interface of my noise project. And whats creepier than dismembered doll parts mashed together? I would also like to add in some LED lights, but I haven't figured out how just yet.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Week 2 Report

So I've been sick this week and there was a hurricane and there was Labor Day... so it's been a slow week for classes to say the least.
But overall this week I finished up my Upgrade project, watched a cool video with an even cooler old Hippie man, Reed Ghazala, make some weird gadgets.
Watched some instructional videos to increase my soldering skills by +2 points.
And read multiple articles on electric body manipulation as performance art, the art of noises, and the function of the electrical object.

Hello World

Hey world,
It's a-me a-Margo
So I've basically been waiting to take this class for years now, I've been in the art building for forever, and I've always heard this class, with all the crazy noises and screeching and such, going on from a distance and I'm excited to finally be able to take it.
So I'm stoked and I can't wait to make some crazy machines that hopefully won't overtake humanity one day, or maybe they will, who knows.

Bookmark: Electronics Club

Week 1 Report

During our first week we learned how to make breadboards and throwies. The throwies were defenitly my favorite part. I ended up bringing mine to work and everyone loved them.
Something I learned, I guess batteries don't get messed up when attached to a magnet. I always grew up being told not to place magnets near electronics because it could damage them, so I always assumed that mixing batteries and magnets was probably a bad thing?
I also learned that within a closed circuit, i always thought electrons only went one way, but apparently there are particles (also electrons?) that actually flow the opposite direction, which can be a reason why something isn't working properly or malfunction.
I also worked on my Upgrade project, I designed an earpiece that would greatly amplify every noise, but would also sort out and tune into specific sounds.

Dunne and Raby Herzian Tales 01

From what I am understanding in this article, is that the writer believes most electronic and technological art has failed to not serve a purpose. Most art in this nature must posses a purpose for being created, it must be productive to humans in some sense. That we as humans have a complex nature with these objects, they surround our everyday lives, and how we desire the changes they create.
It’s interesting to consider most of our electronic gadgets as being comprised of two things: the electronic object, and the electronic technology. One being the “brain” or programming and circuits and chips that are what make the device function, and the other being the device that houses” the first part. Like in our phones, in an iPhone or Android you have the internal hardware that makes all the programming run, but then they have also carefully designed the outer shell to be both aesthetically pleasing and function smoothly and allow for easy control of the internal processing. Phones used to have small screens and large buttons, which make using them slow and cumbersome; now they’ve evolved to touch screens and allow for a more fluid functionality.
Neil Denari’s argument for combining and connecting our architecture to the world of electromagnetism and spatial inhabitation is a very interesting thing to consider. While we have begun to do just that in a few places, it would be interesting to see how much it will have advanced in the future. Instead of introducing smart objects into the home, actually building the home to function as a smart object. The results could be both astonishing and frightening. I know I’ve seen enough sci-fi movies where smart houses mess you up that I would be a little concerned. But I think for the most part it would be an amazing difference in quality of life.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Art of Noises

I find it interesting to think that noise was really created when machines were created, as put in the letter to Balilla Pratella. How nature is normally silent except for storms and the occasional noisy occurrence. It wasn’t until man made sounds by stretched string or holes in reeds. It would make sense that something like sound would then be considered divine, and thus also considered religious. And explains why music took so long to evolve. So, sound was discovered first, and once machines became more numerous “noise” began taking over, causing a singular “sound” to be uninteresting. So now we need more and more complex sounds to create music that we today find interesting. Which makes sense to me. While I do enjoy simpler music like classical, I also really enjoy more cacophonous music like dubstep or techno. Which I imagine to an eighteenth-century man probably sounds like the devil banging away on an old metal washboard. Or something.
Whoever wrote this letter really like to describe crazy sounds.
I can also agree with him that, while noise may be overbearing at times, at other times it is something that can breathe life back into us. I know when I am feeling low on energy one of the first things I’ll do to wake myself up is blast some intense electronic music, something with a deep beat that gets my heart racing and my blood pumping. I wonder if music like Mozart’s or other classical composers had the same effect on people way back when.
  I believe the author of this letter, Luigi Russolo, was probably ahead of his time when it comes to music. Although if he were alive today he would probably be completely shocked with how far modern music has come. He lists an assortment of noises that should be used within music making, but his list is relatively small compared to what is being used today. I imagine he might enjoy modern music if he were given the chance to hear it.

Elsenaar & Scha- Electric Body Manipulation as Performance Art

I didn't realize that electricity was discovered as long ago as the ancient Greeks, when they realized that amber attracted small particles. I honestly never gave much thought to how electricity was actually discovered. Stephen Gray's discoveries are also very interesting, how he used a glass tube and velvet to transfer electrical attraction to soap bubbles, which then attracted small silver particles. I would like to see his 1730's experiment with the young boy in action, because through the description given I have no idea what that performance would actually look like. So glad they have a picture though. Georg Marthias Bose's experiment would have been fascinating to see as well, when he electrified a person until they glowed. I wonder if it felt weird. Gray's Electric Kiss performance would have been pretty funny to watch as well.
The Leyden Jar sounds pretty crazy as well, I'm glad I wasn't around then to test it out, I can handle a few shocks, but being knocked unconscious sounds like way more fun. And it could electrify up to 180 people at a time, BEST PARTY TRICK EVER.
And what was up with Joseph-Aignan Sigaud de la Fond's (gotta love the name) experiment? He chained 20 people, 3 being castrati (a term I had to look up, it means a male singer who was castrated before puberty in order to maintain a high pitched voice...yikes btw...) together to see if sexy-time fluids were necessary for electrical conductivity. What. on. earth. was going through this guy's head.
What was he expecting would happen? Anything goes for science I guess.
ALSO didn't realize that Edison was so messed up. Conducting a "noteworthy series of animal electrocutions" at his research laboratory. I can't even imagine being there for the elephant electrocution. That must have been intense.

Project 0: Upgrade

I've always had issues with my hearing, I have always had trouble being able to decipher different sounds and noises. Everything overlaps and melts together to create a loud cacophony, and is especially hard when I am trying to listen to someone speaking.
For my Upgrade I would install a device that would aid in my hearing, but a bit more intense than an actual hearing aide. This device would require three piercings in the ear, as well as a small wire that would tap into the brain's auditory cortex, located in the temporal lobes on either side of the head (or just tap into one side depending on if the user wants two implants, one for each ear).
The device would extend past the helix of the ear to form a small discreet dish that would amplify auditory intake and allow the user to pick up even the smallest sounds. There is also a panel located on the side that would allow for adjustments and to power on and off, as well as a secondary small microphone that allows for additional auditory pickup.
The device not only amplifies auditory pickup, but will also be able to adjust to intake the information and be able to decipher between specific noises. So it can pick out voices, music, ringtones, vibrations, and even sounds from very far distances, depending on what the setting you choose.


We made tiny devices that stick to metal and light up, called Throwies. Made by taping a 3V battery to an LED bulb, and then taping small earth magnets to each side. Had a lot of fun with this project!

Breadboard Project

We used 9V batteries to light up LED bulbs through a breadboard, resistor, and some wiring, by creating a closed circuit allowing the electricity to flow completely around from the power source, through the LED and back again.