Organ Pipe Cactus

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Stenocereus Thurburi (Pipe Organ Cactus) is a sculpture I made that resembles the plant of the same name. The arms of the sculpture are actual organ pipes that play sound. In the base of the sculpture there is a fan and valves that supply air to the pipes. Additionally, the base of the sculpture has ultrasonic range finders pointing out in all directions, which the sculpture uses to determine the number and location of people in its vicinity. This affects the music that it plays. This was commissioned by the Mesa Center for the Performing Arts in Mesa Arizona, and shown at the Spark! festival. It was additionally shown at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Moreover, this sculpture was used in a dance performance, documented here.
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Tell Darwin Logo TellDarwin is a command interpreter that I wrote for DARwIn-OP Robot. It allows the robot to be controlled wirelessly from Max/MSP. Not only does the software respond to simple movement commands, but it can stream video as Jitter matricies from the robot's camera, stream audio to/from the robot's speaker/microphone, read the sensors and so forth, all using simple, intuitive commands, like "start video" and "get accelerometer". It was commissioned by the University of Georgia, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), and used in a dramatic media class taught through the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at UGA. For more information, the source code, and instructions for use visit the TellDarwin documentation page. You can find even more on the Max/MSP website, Robo Savvy, and robotis.

Singing Bowls

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Kiki is a djembe robot that I built at Arizona State University as part of my dissertation. Kiki was built as a platform for studying timbral nuance in musical robots. It can play different timbres, classify a human's timbres, improve its own timbre by listening to a human play, and generate rhythms interactively (respecting the sequence of timbres in the rhythms). How this works is described in detail in my PhD Dissertation
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