Arduino @ Radio Shack

One of our alums (Michelle DuCharme, DIGA Sound 2011) was out today and spotted these:

Arduino at the Shack

Photo by Michelle DuCharme

Sure enough, it now seems that Radio Shack is carrying Arduinos! Quite a few of our current students and alums are rejoicing right now at the thought of not having to wait for shipping. If you are not among those in the know, learn more about Arduino here.



The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity? This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.


What is up with noises?

Anybody getting ready for the DIGA 101 sound design unit out there? Or do you need a refresher on how sound works? Watch this YouTube find! An amazing amount of info in about 12 minutes. Only one correction: should be “basilar” with a B instead of a V.


Spice up your resume


Be Your Own Souvenir

Bill Ball sent me the link to this video documentation for a project called Be Your Own Souvenir by a group known as blablabLAB.  It’s a great example of how you can combine technologies to create something truly unique.

Be Your Own Souvenir! from blablabLAB on Vimeo.


Kinect instrument

Tim Thompson has used a Kinect to develop a new instrument he calls the MultiMultiTouchTouch.  Read about it here or check it out in the following video:


Sounds and Technology

David Pogue at the New York Times recently wrote a post on The Fading Sounds of Analog Technology.   As he writes, “As digital technology takes over, we’re losing the sounds of analog technologies. And sometimes that’s a real loss.”  The tone is one of nostalgia that I am not quite sure is widely held.

Peter Drescher on his blog for O’Reilly Media has a different target for his nostalgia.  His post on Generating Audio UI for Android said, “Everything I know about Audio UI, I learned from Star Trek, and their devices produced quite wonderful soundtracks. They perfectly reflected the user’s experience, and were clearly audible even in high noise environments (like Engineering).”  When someone with Drescher’s resume speaks, why aren’t the mobile device manufacturers listening?

As the post-digital soundscape is changing all around you, do you find yourself: A) nostalgic, B) hopeful, C) indifferent ???

Photo by Flickr user ciccioetneo


Light painting WiFi networks

Chris Reynia, one of our DIGA/CS students, just posted this to our mailing list and I thought we should post it here as well.

“This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.”


Music Earnings Visualization

David McCandless over at Information is Beautiful asked the question: “How much do music artists earn online?”  The answer comes in the form of a visualization that captures how many units must be sold each month in order for an artist to earn a minimum wage.  The answers it reveals may surprise you and shape your business strategy if you are thinking about being a music artist.  Definitely worth a look for independent musicians out there.

New Twenty Dollar bill

Image by Flickr user redjar.


Future of Art

An immediated autodocumentary shot, edited and screened at the Transmediale festival 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Some great ideas here!