With the support of the Pyramid Club, I have recently been able to extend my ongoing research into feedback loops, alternate (mis)use of consumer electronics, visualising sound and sonifying imagery, as well as continuing my exploration of the 1-bit pc-speaker as a viable instrument.
This work documents the current state of my audio/visual feedback system using bash scripts in the Linux operating system running on discarded computing hardware.
There are many parts to this system, and I have included some brief notes on some of the components involved. Each of these are works in progress, with memories and hope filled futures of their own.
souP: A program I’ve been developing for some time to sonify imagery via injecting raw data straight into a computer’s soundcard. As an instrument, real time manipulation of an image can be simultaneously seen and heard, and it has the ability to play graphic scores stored and displayed as animated gifs.
Using the Pure Data programming environment to communicate directly with the pc-Speaker allows a modern approach to experimental music making on the often shunned 1-bit beeper found in older computers.
These short promotional videos created leading up to the release of ./computerEatYourself.sh provide playful examples of beePd’s current abilities.
VGA mixer: Deeply inspired by the CHA/V system, these visualisations are created by injecting audio into the RGB channels of a VGA display cable. While it’s easy to achieve and enjoy vertical bars of solid colour, much more can be achieved through experimentation with simple hardware.
The images below are from a solo exhibition proposal which was never picked up, and include a digital mock up of how I envision the display of this and similar work.
Due to time and financial constraints, I reluctantly have had to reduce the scope of my written output about this system. As a way to give back to the communities I have relied upon for the development of this piece, all future work and performances will incorporate a written aspect from the beginning to avoid this happening again.
I am continuously learning the ways of the professional artist attempting to avoid working for less than minimum wage which, for me, seems to come down to checking perfectionist traits, knowing when to stop, and at least pretending to keep a timesheet.
Transdisciplinary artist living in the shadow of Kapukataumahaka, Ōtepoti, Aotearoa
"Kerian's practice is guided by endless curiosity, ingenuity and exploration, interfacing with analog and digital technologies, experimentation with film, and interaction with instruments. It is uncorrupted by commercial concerns, and is instead informed by human scientific enquiry, and emotional insights through sensory experience." -words from Dylan Lardelli