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Lasers with OptoNoise: Sun 29th Mar. 2015

This Sunday, we met with Stanley Lewry to experiment with the sound of Lasers. The recordings above are made using Lasers being put through engraved/grooved or painted on spinning discs mounted on a motor shaft. Light through the discs are picked up by a transducer into an amplifier for your listening pleasure. 🙂

You can check out and follow the progress of Stanley’s Project through the Opto Noise page on Google+

More photographs from the meetup are below. See you next Sunday on the 26th April!

The sheng Acoustic Instrument
The sheng Acoustic Instrument
Working with the sound of light, in the darkness.
Working with the sound of light, in the darkness.

Tom Fox: Sun 27th Jul. 2014

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This Sunday was very special here at Acoustic London. We met Tom Fox from Vulpestruments, who shared with us his wonderful and rather ingenious creations. Click here to see all the videos, and hear all the sounds!

 

 

Browse through our Youtube Playlist for a summary of all the instruments presented.

 

spring

 

springs_closeup

 

At the core of this visually-stunning instrument is the pickup coil. This beautiful structure is essentially a transformer, being used here to pickup the changing magnetic field of the stretched steel springs.

 

strings

 

There is definitely a certain aesthetic to how these instruments are made. It is just pure eye candy! And regarding craftsmanship, there is a meticulous level of attention to some details, and some rather simple and unique solutions to making instruments such as using brackets and bolts to mount strings.

 

strings in ear

 

Here demonstrated is the ceremony of christening and welcoming a new member to the group. Inspired by the old string telephone trick, the same principle can be applied to listening to things such as our favorite of all blades – the circular saw blade. You can hear what they’re hearing if you listen through our soundcloud playlist.

 

messy

 

Because you’ve reached near the end of the post, you’ll get a little news treat. We’re currently working on a collaborative project, and part of a new plan, there are ideas for a make day. It won’t be a day, more like few hours, where we present big ideas in small packages. The design of the ideas will be from combination of other artists, instrument makers and ours. We’ll hopefully arrange these soon.

 

For now, stay tuned, and enjoy the videos. Any queries, acoustichacking@gmail.com