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Geophone

The Geophone is built and undergoing some last tests at Tactical Space Lab. The spectrograph readouts are looking beautiful. Josh Harle has done an amazing job on what he has called a James Bond villain kit.

geophone underway

Geophone construction is underway by the wonderful Josh Harles of Tactical Space Lab A geophone is a device that converts ground movement (velocity) into voltage. This one will be able to detect low frequencies, around 10Hz and convert that to data.  

07/10 meeting

We will collate a database of our sound recordings and compositions so far. VB will try using our sounds in Abelton for more midi synth. Perhaps we can compose a choir of rock sounds? JB & LD will record more sounds, including contact mic sounds of rocks under pressure and grinding or scraping. We like […]

sound from the ground

contact mic on concrete, much edited & slowed. Like a wave or a breath in a rock body

further experiments with geo sounding

Playing around with sound in ableton, further to thinking about machine learning. I made a simple keyboard synth loaded with sounds converted from images (rock rubbings from the goldfields area, rocks from Hallet cove). The first result was the following piece. This piece was made using only 2 sounds, one from rocks in the goldfield […]

image > midi

A couple of experiments using images as midi information, playing through a synth. We will look more at this, particularly using our own sounds gathered via geophone and other recording methods to create a “rock synth”. Very interested in machine learning, wondering if we can use certain machine learning platforms trained on geosounds (like deepmind […]

rock sounds

Recordings from rock against body

Goldfields legacies

In ‘Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World’, Marcia Bjornerud states -in relation to large-scale mining processes- “Understanding the lingering effects of sudden topographic change is important because we ourselves are now agents of geomorphic catastrophe.” The effects of mining, which involves the massive derangement of topographies and natural systems will […]

Keeping Faith with Rocks

This project has more than a little discourse with phenomenology. When we speak about perception and entanglement, apprehending the self in the world, and embodiment, we necessarily connect with the ideas of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, among many others (Gregory Bateson, Jacob Von Uexküll, Vicki Kirby, Kate Wright, Lynn Margulis, Mary Beth Dempster et al). We are […]