A builders DIY show-and-tell session was conducted at Post last September 5 at Post, that was attended and conducted by sound artists, noise musicians, electronic dabblers and new media artists such as Tengal Drilon, Tad Ermitaño, IC Jaucian, Roger Lopez, Pow Martinez, Alden Santiago and Caliph8 filling that day with enlightening information about arduino, circuit bending, video mapping, tesla coils, and all the sort of shop talk you’d most probably hear in a science fair. But interestingly presented as to provide possibilities in creating and pushing art further with technology. Too bad, the students missed this. Hopefully, there would be another Builders Depot session, sometime soon.
This is Regiben Romana (filmmaker) and Joee Mejias (musician) trying out Tad Ermitaño’s skinner gadget which operates and produces or a sound’s pitch can be controlled by vapor and touch.
Here is a demonstration of another project by Tad called Sammy and The Sandworms, an interactive work where sound can be manipulated through drawing. This was shown in Media Art Kitchen in Jakarta in 2013.
Noise musician/sound artist Roger Lopez aka inconno ictu ( sound samples here ) presents his built- from -scratch synths, mixers and sound gadgets.
the inside of a sound gadget he’s currently building for Pow Martinez
a former skater, Roger upcycled his old board into an improvised Koto
Pow Martinez had been in the indie music and sound art scene since mid 2000, performing and recording as NUN RADAR, Trojan Whores, and currently as Mall Suicide with Jeona Zoleta and playing guitar for Pastilan Dong. These are some of the gadgets and instruments he’s built from cannibalized guitar parts, and guitar effects gadgets and amps, applying circuit bending on some of these.
IC Jaucian demonstrates his drawing-generating automaton (Drawback) running on arduino and from parts of mechanical and battery operated toys.
Here is a demonstration of his Tesla coil wireless energy generator. The bulbs light up when they’re near the coil, since it is low current it doesn’t burn your hands or fingers or not hot to touch.
Here he demonstrates how sound vibrations can create forms dependent on sound frequency, using plaster of paris powder, speaker, etc. Pow suggested to turn up the frequency to 440Hz, the frequency by which the Nazis attempted to standardize western music and to control people as opposed to the previous 432 Hz, the natural frequency of nature.
Tengal Drilon started his presentation with the sound cabinet work he did for the Maceda Project exhibited at Vargas Museum in 2013.
The wires used for the sound cabinet
Here he demonstrates an interactive infrared sensor that enables one to control visual patterns of a sound just by gestures, much like how wii operates.
Then a brief demonstration of how video mapping works, much like keystone adjustment on a video projector, where you just toggle edges of an image to your specified shape. Some programs that can be downloaded for such is video mapper and resolume.
Builders Depot concluded with an open jam session with Caliph8