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owl project
sat 26th nov

Owl project will play/demonstrate two projects:

Sound Lathe and Log1K
Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall
Bates Mill [+]
6pm


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.

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