A band of spring steel is animated by a servo motor
Douser The Douser is a band of spring steel 2"x.025" about 5' long clamped onto 2 counter oscillating shafts driven by a single motor. The motor is variable speed, control signals are generated in MAX MSP and ported through a PAIA MIDI to CV converter.
I began working with this idea as a collaboration with Paul Drescher Ensemble and developed a couple larger versions for their performance of "Schick Machine". This Douser was left over from that development phase.
After fixing it up with new bearings and other parts I needed to figure out how to fit it into a large suitcase. By cutting it into smaller pieces and fabricating clamps to hold it together and buying the largest suitcase I could find on Craigslist it worked just fine.

I was invited to install small sound piece in the Electric Eclectics Festival in 2011. The EE Festival takes place on a farm 2 hours north of Toronto.
EE had been donated an 18' diameter fiberglass dome from a surround movie projection system. They placed this out in a wooded area on the farm the festival takes place on and I was to instal inside it. There was no electricity out there so I used car batteries with a phase converter. Lighting was provided by some LED flash lights

Side story Electric Eclectics Festival in Meaford Ontario Canada invited me to do a sound installation during the festival in 2011.
I had this development piece around from some instruments I built for the Paul Drescher Ensemble's theatrical production of "Schick Machine" in 2010. I fixed it up and modified it so it could fit into a large suitcase and I took it to Canada.
EE Festival takes place on a farm 2 hours north of Toronto every summer. They had obtained an 18' diameter fiberglass dome that had been used in a surround film projection system. The dome was placed out in a wooded area of the farm and I installed the Douser in it. I had to operate on batteries and a power inverter. It was a stand alone system with a motion detector that would start a MAX MSP patch when a person entered the dome. The MAX patch controlled the servo motor for 2-3 minutes

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From experimenting with spring steel strips
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Matt Heckert : Machine,sound,instrument builder
The maker Matt Heckert
I began building machines and crating soundtracks with Survival Research Laboratories in the 1980s. During this approximately 8 year period, working on performance machines and soundtracks led me to attempt building machines for their acoustic qualities, I began imagining entire performances with only sound machines.
Eventually I set out with the intention to pursue this idea machine sound performances. I wanted to have computer control over the motions as a compositional aid and would only use sound that could be generated in the moment and not use recorded or synthesized sound. I called these performances Mechanical Sound Orchestra. I staged performances in the US and Europe for more than a decade. Along the way I did sound installations and some collaborations with other artists. eg Paul Drescher Ensemble and Time's Up! in Austria.

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