Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
Kanta Horio’s musical interface, ‘Particle,’ was designed to be a self generative sound-producing unit. The experimental sound artist thought it would be interesting, “to play with a bit of an uncontrollable interface- and the accompanying sounds that would be produced.” With nine electromagnets wired and built into a wooden board, the Particle is set on a table and connected to a PC computer from which the directional currents for each electromagnet are controlled. The software program, semi-controlled by Kanta, then actuates the magnets at random. The sounds we actually here are from paperclips that are arbitrarily misshaped or snipped into shorter segments and placed on the surface. They then begin to twitch and pivot as they produce sound. To actualize the sounds Horio uses a Piezo pickup to act as a microphone to detect the smaller vibrations. When in use, the Particle produces an orchestral ticking with a persistently fervent rhythm and detectable variations in frequency.