This research has resulted in number of performances, installations, and other artistic projects in the world. Here are a few highlights:
Coronium 3500 (Lucie’s Halo) (2013-15)
Coronium 3500 is a solarsonic piece with 12 voices: 8 based on small CMOS circuits that make insect-like noises, and 12 based on ATMEL chips which play melodic patterns. Technical details about the work can be read in my NIME paper on the piece, found in the publications section.
Exhibition History: This piece was exhibited at the Caramoor Center for the Arts as part of In the Garden of Sonic Delights during the period of June – November 2014 and again in 2015. In 2016 it was presented in Brisbane, Australia as part of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference. In 2017 it was shown at at the 2017 Biosphere Soundscapes International Workshop and Symposium: Perspectives on Listening at the Queensland Conservatorium, and currently is on permanent loan to Griffith University, Australia.
This installation creates a quiet, immersive soundscape based on environmentally-empowered sound circuits. Evoking the structural acoustics of hidden, safe zones in nature and architecture, these sounds can evoke feelings of safety and security, as well as a heightened sense of intrusions from outside sources. As one adapts to the quiet sounds that are often masked or silenced by the presence of crowded social spaces, the piece is also subtly interactive, as the sounds are directly responsive to the presence of light in the space and changes of light distribution through the presence of shadows, reflections, and absorption caused by movement through the space.
Exhibition History: Solo show at Seedspace Gallery in Nashville, TN (March 15 – April 29, 2013); AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, SK as part of the 2014 Sounds Like… Festival (July 24-26, 2014); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Nov. 6 – Dec. 20, 2014).
Rainforest Arcade (2010)
This installation was exhibited at the Latitude 53 Gallery in Edmonton during the summer of 2010, and consisted of a selection of several solar-powered devices arranged in one of the gallery spaces that featured three large windows facing East. The piece was one of my first opportunities to put several experimental pieces together to create an experimental soundscape that changed throughout the day, being loudest in the morning, with its peak at about 10:00 AM. By evening, it was very quiet and subtle.
The title of the piece is both an homage to David Tutor and his infamous installations Rainforest IV, which is often cited as one of the first sound installations featuring handmade electronics placed together into a large space, and the soundscape of a 1980s arcade, which some of these sounds were inspired by.
Sound Lanterns (2009)
This piece was my first attempt to create an installation out of experimental solarsonic devices. The “lanterns” are big glass jars with speakers pointed up into them, powered by a solar powered logic-chip noise circuit and small amplifier. The four devices each create textural noises which are interactive through the use of photocells and the solar panels themselves. It was originally exhibited outdoors in the Roosevelt Audio Tour, an outdoor annual sound art festival in Roosevelt, New Jersey, and was also shown at the 2009 New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME) conference in Pittsburgh. These devices have also been exhibited with other pieces, and have also been used in live performances.