Owl project will play/demonstrate
Sound Lathe and Log1K
Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall
Bates Mill [+]
Sound Lathe is a new piece of work by the Owl Project
that explores of the sonic properties of woodwork. Combining a traditional
pole lathe with custom built software, sensors and switches, Sound
Lathe will produce audio data, sawdust, noise and chippings. With
this contraption, turned spindles are shaped into complex sounds
such as tones, glitches and beats. Unlike many electronic instruments,
the Sound Lathe will also produce a unique wooden object at the
end of each performance.
The piece is a lighthearted critique of human interaction
with computer interfaces and our increasing appetite for new technologies.
We take a heavily craft based approach to designing our own interfaces;
we draw on influences ranging from woodworking, hobby style electronics
and Open Source Software to make music making machines.
The all-new log1k is here. And it's unlike anything
you've seen or experienced. With a brilliant flat-panel display
and phenomenal performance, log1k is the first computer built from
the ground up to be the ultimate hub for the owl project lifestyle.
The log1k was originally designed and constructed
by the Owl Project as a complete alternative to using laptops during
live audio performances. However as time has moved by so has the
need for compatibility and perfect speed control.
At the heart of each log1k lies a micro controlled
step motor. This allows many log1ks to run in sync with each other,
as well as other software packages and Owl Projects own Soundlathe.
log1k also comes fitted with a series of micro and reed switches
which trigger samples and control audio circuits.
Now running interchangable solid oak, beech and cherry
disks, the sounds produced are generated by the natural rhythms
of these forms. Down-to-earth ease of use. Out-of-this-world performance
and looks. log1k is great for the home or the forest.