Ultrasonic architecture II

Testing modular systems

Link to project booklet


Continuing with my earlier work with ultrasonic sound and water (see Ultrasonic architecture I, I participated in a workshop at the Black Box experimental lab at Concordia University in Montréal with fellow students from my studio. Together, our studio group experimented with different spatial phenomena such as vibration, ultrasonic sound, radio signals and light through a series of physical emmeteurs that were inspired by our previous work.

A series of tubes - Ultrasonic experiment

Project critique with Patrick Harrop

I explored the notion of an automated system through the use of electronically-controlled water valves that would respond to external inputs. I used Max/MSP and wireless XBee microcontrollers to actuate electronic valves.

Electronic valve and ultrasonic listener attached to a water line

Max/MSP interface used to control the valves

By using vinyl tubing, the system became highly modular and could change as needed in order to enhance certain phenomena created by the water. In order to make ultrasonic and audible sound, one of the water tubes output into a metal bowl. The sound of the water hitting the bowl was echoed prominently through microphones into an octaphonic sound system that enveloped the space. Together we created a notational mapping illustrating the different projects in the Black Box.

Water outputting into a metal bowl

The effect of water flowing under pressure created ultrasonic sounds that could be picked up the ultrasonic listener

Notational mapping of different projects in the Black Box

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