RISD students

Rafael Attias brought students from two of his classes ( 7001 - Interactive Text and 7028 - Soundmarks ) at RISD down to visit the studio. Gordon and I will help mentor the students in their class projects.

RISD students at Duncan's
On the Purr Sofa
RISD students at the studio
RISD students in the workshop

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

Purr Generator - Mark II

A new, commissioned build of Gordon and Duncan's Purr Generator will be part of the "Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness" exhibition opening at the American Visionary Art Museum on October 3rd.

Purr Generator - operation

The new Purr Generator, dubbed a "happiness machine" by exhibition curator Roger Manley, features a simplified interface with a single push-button control for operation. It is also sporting a new LED component based on the Peggy 2 from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Purr Generator - LED panel lit

The exhibition runs through September 2010, a good stress test for the interactive parts of the Purr Generator. There are a series of opening events starting on Sept 30th with a Media Preview, followed by a private Reception on Oct 1st, a Preview Party on Oct 2nd and the public Opening on Oct 3rd. Details can be found on AVAM's Events page.

Purr Generator - box detail

The Secret Art - off to print

The Secret Art

A thoroughly revised and updated version of Duncan's book on radionics and the arts has been submitted to the printer today.

The previously titled "A SHORT HISTORY OF RADIONICS: INSIGHTS FOR ARTISTS WORKING WITH SUBTLE ENERGY" is re-dubbed "The Secret Art: A Brief History of Radionic Technology for the Creative Individual"

The manuscript finally being produced in physical form has been a herculean effort undertaken at the behest of Patrick Huyghe of Anomalist Books. The text and illustrations have taken shape over the past year through the direct labors of Duncan, Patrick, Mike Bossick, Jessica Paulk and myself.

The book should be ready in time for the upcoming opening of a museum show that Duncan has several artworks in. More information on the show will be available within the week.


MAX in Ableton Live

Cycling '74 and Ableton announce Max for Live...

Max for Live puts the power and potential of Max/MSP inside Live. Create all the instruments, effects and extensions you've ever wanted. Go beyond the common and predictable, and transcend the limits that conventional tools impose. Build completely unique synths and effects, create algorithmic composition tools, or fuse Live and controller hardware into radical, new music machines. Join a society of makers and share ingenuity. Max for Live was co-developed by Ableton and Cycling '74.

link: Ableton - Max for Live


Spinning Silk into Sensors

Technology Review: Spinning Silk into Sensors:

A simple process turns cocoons into optical devices with biological applications.
By Katherine Bourzac

Fiorenzo Omenetto on the steps of the Tufts bioengineering building, where he makes silk optical devices.
Credit: Porter Gifford

Silkworm cocoons shipped by the boxful from Japan to an optics lab at Tufts University will meet a different fate from those headed to textile factories around the world. Rather than being woven into curtains or clothing, the strong protein fibers that caterpillars once spun around themselves will be used to build optical materials that can serve as the basis for sensors and other devices. Bioengineer Fiorenzo Omenetto, who creates the devices, ultimately hopes to build implantable, biodegradable sensors that could help monitor patients' progress after surgery or track chronic diseases such as diabetes.

See how cocoons are turned into optical devices.

Watch Fiorenzo Omenetto explain his work in silk optics.

(Via Technology Review)