|can you explain
what those copper rods do?
"There are 42 nodes to touch or weave with wire. When wired, the bars go solipsistic; each one is unique now."
That means that inside the circuit board, there are six nodes associated with each of the bars. I never really named them anything, but here goes a provisional account:
-input glitch left (triggers oscillator rerouting)
-input glitch right (triggers oscillator rerouting)
-input fm modulation (essentially modulates the oscillator)
-output tone (the oscillator's tone essential)
-output bar down (reflects the bar's downwards movements)
-output bar up (reflects the bar's upwards movements)
There are 7 bars so there are 42 nodes. When you weave wire over them all these little functions get programmed, so to speak, by your wire configurations. This is programming an analog brain (nabra).
Is it possible to set every one note(frequency) of the aluminium pads like intended (per poti) or just randomly (which would mean, I could not reproduce a tuning I have found and would like to use for a live gig). and if not (which is also a fine concept, but I would welcome the possibility to tune every tone manually)???
Each note owns a unique button controlling a unique tank, which is also known as analog storage scroll. So you can set each bar separately. When I play the instrument, I find that I am constantly rediscovering new tunings, and if I don't like a note I scroll through a few random possibilities for that note and then play in the thus mutated tuning. Thereby I feel- although I cannot reproduce a fabled tuning verbatim- I can channel the mood or essence of that raag emotionally and so manifest it orbitally on the random notes.
Yes, I am looking for some simple exercises to teach children the Sidrassi?
Well there's one that I can think of right off the top of my head. It is how to digest all of musical genres and scales into your own subconscious. The exercise does not allow you to say "I will play mysterious indian music" or "I will do a ragtime pattern now", in fact your children have no preconceptions about what "type" of music they will play. Plug the organ in and disconnect all modulations and put it into simple tone mode, put pitch at midrange or so. Now play a random tuning and focus on areas that you seem drawn to. Meditate on them (without other thoughts in your head) and you will begin to see the connotations, perhaps a gothic church with demented organ music, or a smoky free jazz parlor, or perhaps a zen pagoda. The irrational tunings that you are currently using will sift through the maze of your brain and trigger what is in there. This is the inductive mood, which comes from the situation of the moment rather from your head's drive for a specific "beat".
Radio 电琴 Zither
chop chop me a zither out of wood, wire it wire it till transmission is good.
RadioZither is wireless technology, in marriage with a fine wooden casket carved from Baltimore City logs. Modeled after the pan-Asian tradition of plank zithers (guqin, gayageum, koto), its form reflects upon ancient heritages. Its function is to transcend traditions through radio, to inspire global thinking physically as well as ethereally. This instrument sonifies plucks as well as movements between plucks, it is played / meta-played.
Oil is too sophisticated to burn, said the chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev on examining petroleum. Plastic is a sublimation of oil, and it is key to develop the acoustic resonance of RadioZither. The colorful nylon strings feel like silk, and sound like crystal. The translucent triangle "bridges" are resonant plastic, which prop up the strings and transmit their tone to the body of the instrument. In the words of Carson, "Plastic is a sound".
Two radio fields envelop your left hand and your right hand. You pluck Nylon chords on a wooden plank. These two vibrations are multiplied (heterodyned) to produce an electro-acoustic vector.
The antennae are aluminum shapes at the ends of the instrument, which give a visual cue to the invisible shape of the radio field. Each field has three controls:
-volume controls how loud the tone is
-cross modulation for exploration of Radio Chaos
-tuning sets the general pitch range
The body of the instrument contains two large (louder) piezo-transducers, embedded at strategic locations to relay the acoustics to a preamplifier circuit which also generates an envelope. When the player does no action, the instrument will be electronically silent due to this envelope. Another way to say this is "the theremins are triggered by plucking the strings". To counter this "silence based modality" there is a "GrungeKnob" which brings the sound of the electronics up as well as microphonic sensitivity in the cavity. You can also press anywhere on the body to shape the volume of the theremins.
Court Ensemble Recordings: An example of a traditional ensemble consisting of: Conch Shell Horn, Theremin, Chimes, Silk (Radio) Zither, Voice. These 5 elements, thanks to Samuel Delaney's "Towers of Triton", are used in the imperial court orchestra of the future. The mixture of Conch Shell and Theremin and Chimes are representative of electro-acoustic metaphysics, and they are synthesized in various tetrachords by SuperCollider, which become the basis for the tuning of the four strings of the Silk Zither, and by extension the manual simplex theremin of the Radio Zither. The modes are:
plein, 7 Limit Blues, Rag Lalit, French Impressionist, Falun Dafa
plein, Enharmonic Platonic, Chromatic Platonic, 7 Limit Diatonic
Because the each zither is carved from a different hunk of wood, they will all be different, thus you can purchase finished pieces below, or comission a certain style by contacting me. 12 volt transformer included in the USA.
Peter Blasser, 410 362 8364
A fly-dove is calling, mist after rain. All is dark at night, toothpicks are spilling, going insane.
Current Works in Progress: The pawlonia male (chin) and female (koto) varieties of radio zither, hacked from a hank of lightning-downed by the train tracks. You can watch the youtube video of hacking and hewing the tree here.
(#4-A 4" x 44" x 6" Cypress) $555 SOLD
The following RadioZithers are carved out of Pawlonia Wood
SOLD (#9-B, 8" x 56" x 3" Pawlonia) $888
Sumac bridge will convert a straight zither for qin-style playing. This one is shown with both sumac and clear-plastic-triangle bridges for koto-style playing.
acoustic demonstration (through Fender Blues Junior)
playing strings with para-plucking (hitting, pressing, scraping)
bass and walking meta-chords
feedback system times radio sounds times space within room with loud Fender amp
listening to the new cross-modulations in the RadioPads
(#9-B, 8" x 56" x 3" Pawlonia) $888
SOLD (prototype) $666
Tracks made with prototype 2:
Bird sings the monk's bell - Peter Christian Quincy Blasser - Peaceful peaks
Tracks made with prototype 1:
Hand手 动Motion 电影Movie - Demo 比例Track 一 1 - Demo Track 二 2