The Balloon Girl is a costume prototype proposal to contemporary dancers Zack Winokur and Michelle Mola
Adding sensing experience and light effect to her original costume, the balloon girl is proposes a new way of dancing while enhancing the dancers' narrative.
I made my circuit again on the Lily pad board, to be lighter and hidden in the costume.
In the time frame we have, I don't have time to properly set up the microphones for the performance.
The sound of dancing is an experiment to enhance the sounds of dancers as they are performing. The sounds become the music of the show, and a perpetual dialogue is built in live while the dancers dance on their own sounds.
I will be transforming the existing costumes of the performance to integrate the hardware in it.
For Michelle, I will add fabric on top of the head structure as it was originally planned, and diffuse light in it. The light will fade in and out with the sound of her breathing, creating an organic balloon character for the play. The balloon will visualize her current state.
Some conductive paper will be added to her corset and to Zack's jacket, to be used as switches to turn the microphones on and off. They will be triggered by the dancing, and the performance would evolve around them.
The look+feel part is subject to change depending on the Role.
The microphones need to be tested out to figure out the most interesting part of the body to put them on.
I didn't figure out the role yet.
I want each dancer to have one arduino and two microphones.
Only Michelle will have and Led.
Playing sound with arduino is harder than I thought it would be.
I found three solutions to make my project:
1. I can hook up a multiplexer, connected to amplifiers and microphones to have a good and loud sound. The multiplexer will turn microphones on or off depending on the value of the capacitive sensing.
I will use the mini amplifier LM386, but I don't know which multiplexer to use yet.
2. I can use the Arduino Voice Shield, but it is mainly to record and play back sounds. It also has only one mic input. I could use a splitter but it will play both microphones at the same time. I need each microphone to be triggered seperately, with different switches.
3. I could make a switch system to be opened or closed depending on the value of the capacitive sensing. The microphones would be directly connected to the speakers, responding to the switch state.
The sound of dancing is an experiement to capture and enhance the sound of dancers while they are performing. Microphones will be integrated in their costumes and mouth, triggered my their dance and interaction.
The sound of dance is a team project with dancers Zack Winokur and Michelle Mola and their current team.
While creating my design file for the "hugging bear, I realized how complex my simple project was.
To begin with, I am interested in making a plush toy for adults and work on the special relationship they will have.
For this project, I started building different codes (videos soon online).
Test-tones from maryam aboukhater on Vimeo.
LOOK + FEEL
The POT fades the blue LED in and out, increases/decreases the blinking speed of the green LED and changes the speed and frequency of the sound on the speaker.
THINGS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN,The beginning of a new era.
A frozen time when technology is taking over.
For the final, I slightly changed my code. I tried different things such as playing the Leds one after the other but it disturbed more the eye than enhanced the "flame" effect. I figured it was too animated for a design in a home, but I would be more accurate if the piece was an big installation in a gallery space.
My arrow is almost done, and it seemed unuseful to do it bigger for now. We can already see how it would look like by lookiing at the small one, and anyway my concept wouldn't be better if it was big or small.
I tested my prototype of "The dying arrow" with people I would want to buy my design : Collin, a 21 years old photographer, and Athena, a 23 years old marketing junior manager at Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. Both love, buy and make art or design.
I don't know yet if I want the fading to be a part of my piece, "The dying arrow", or if I want to make a new design for the fading.
The dying arrow is a wall decoration made of 10 red jumbo Leds.
What were the specific technical issues (refering to wire + resistance) that prevented the early telegraph to be wired directly coast to coast?