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Interaction with the Earth through Sound by rkelts20
November 12, 2013, 6:24 pm
Filed under: 2013-14, Raz

After considering different ways I could expand on my project and further the connection between the earth and the meditating individuals and the notion of how one could experience and get enlightened with the earth in other ways; I figured the idea of harmonizing with the earth could be looked at through the language of the seismic waves themselves. First was the idea of overlapping human brain waves and the seismic waves in a way that controlled the movement of the space but that seemed fairly complicated and rhetorical (the notion of the brainwaves being translated into building movement to counteract the pull of the earth and create balance through destructive interference), then came the idea of letting the building spaces be moved by the earth and the resonance of each string would be amplified in the space itself (either through bells, dishes, vibrating plates). The idea of diffraction and amplifacation has already been explored by the narrow slits, the notion of diffracting light, but this can also be further developed to amplify sound within to outside, the chanting monks and the sounds of the earth meld together within the space.

I propose to make a seismometer using the Arduino that could plugin to a sort of resonance device that would resonate strings and make sounds from earthquakes. I have explored individuals who have already done such experimentations successfully…

1) http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Seismic-Activity-Monitor-Ethernet-Shield/ ARDUINO SEISMIC MONITOR

2) http://lookatthemountain.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/the-earthquake-personified/ NOTION OF PERSONIFYING THE EARTH

3)http://amateurgeophysics.wordpress.com/seismology/4-earthquake-signal-converted-to-sound/ (SEISMIC WAVES TO SOUND)

Below are some sketches and a model illustrating the idea of resonating the sound of the earthquakes inside to meld with the meditation


Below is the idea of EMG waves and the idea of using that in combination with the seismic waves (old idea), and an ancient chinese earthquake device that would drop a ball and make a sound to point the directionality of an earthquake.

Ancient Chinese earthquake device

Ancient Chinese earthquake device

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Hi Raz, thanks for the post.
A few comments/tips:
1) Try to talk about ‘motions of the ground’ or similar rather than ‘earthquakes’. As discussed in your crit, your project is not about earthquakes, it’s more about ‘reading’ or in your case now ‘hearing’ the earth and connecting / harmonising with it.
2) There are 2 main elements here (and a few others like movement of space, diffraction, light and amplification) that you are trying to combine, one alone will already take some time to make and resolve – the seismometer, measuring the motions of the ground; the sound – translating these motions through resonance into sound. Try to focus on one to explore in your prototype (you could for instance find data/numbers from ground movements and take these as input for creating sound), try to go simple for the beginning (like the Chinese device – interesting!), start step by step.
3) You could see the prototype more as an instrument that actually does what you say. You do not need to take the space / the previous design as your ‘site’ (so you are free for new discoveries / not too bound on the initial space set up). If you still wanted people to feel or hear something in space, you could regard your prototype as an installation.
4) You could look at ‘kids’ devices / experiments, they often do a similar thing in very simple terms. ‘Seismometer for kids’ for instance.
5) Draw a diagram of the prototype including all elements and how they relate / interact with each other. Don’t forget to think about where eletronics, arduino, cables etc being incoporated into the design of the device.
6) Work on the code and make some tests about translating numbers into sound.

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