Back in September,we had the great fortune of winning a bid for a public art installation at the Yates Street Parkade in Downtown Victoria with our Musical Railings Project. In the coming months, we will be installing sensors and speakers on each of the floors of the parkade stairwell, creating a 6-story-tall interactive musical instrument.
Through October and November, we designed and built the prototypes for the project, and recently had the opportunity to share them at TedxVictoria‘s Active Space at City Hall. Hundreds of people passed through and played with the railings, testing out the sensors and the various sound banks. As is always the case with real-world testing, we gained some valuable insight to help move the project forward. PK Sound Victoria graciously loaned us a fantastic speaker system for the weekend (which sounded amazing!!!) Byte Computers helped us out with a computer to run the system (Thanks!) and CloZee sent us stem tracks from one of her (incredible!!) songs that people could remix with the Musical Railings.
Over the next months, we’ll be finishing and installing the project, and are thrilled to have some amazing support from Limbic Media, One Net Studios and Atomique Productions. We’re looking forward to seeing the stairwell full of playful people, tapping out tunes. Nothing would make us happier
For this years Thinklandia Festival, we had the amazing opportunity to build a large scale light installation and environment atop the Yates Street Parkade. For the project, we turned 36 intermediate bulk shipping containers into controllable sound-responsive glowing LED cubes. Some were sound responsive, while others were touch responsive and wirelessly communicated the colours to eachother.
Once Thinklandia wrapped, we brought them over to Rifflandia so they could dance to some of their favourite music at Royal Athletic Park.
Thanks to Telus, Dockside Green, InterArts, Rifflandia, Viatec and all the other sponsors of Thinklandia for allowing us the opportunity to build the cubes. We look forward to finding a new home for them, and building on them over the next year.
The Thinklandia Stage – with projection mapping onstage by EMP Interactions
Atop the Yates St Parkade, crowned by the parliament buildings. Photo by instagram user @olga_liber
Building the cubes at Thinklandia HQ. Photo: Joey Macdonald
The little ones wanted to climb (of course) – Photo: Joey Macdonald
Blinking by the main stage at Royal Athletic Park. Photo: Joey Macdonald
Dave coding the touch-responsive cubes. Photo: Joey Macdonald
Cubelandia. Photo: Joey Macdonald
They even made an appearance on the front page of the Times Colonist with Rae Spoon.
In case you missed it, here is some footage we dug out of the archive of the launch of The Amazing Philliphone from the Rifflandia Music Festival in 2013.
Since then, it has been up-and-running at the Phillips Brewery at 2010 Government St, Victoria, BC. Feel free to pop by and tickle it next time you’re picking up some delicious craft beer.
The Amazing Philliphone is an 1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ that was modified to play beer bottles with various actuators, fans, servos and microcontrollers. There are 71 playable keys and stops, and it can automatically play songs and percussive lines (much like a player piano.) It was conceived and built for Phillips Brewing Company in 2013 by Scott Amos, David Parfit and Josh Pierrot.
Monkey C’s “Scena Ex Machina” show started Friday at the Bay Centre as part of this year’s Victoria Film Festival. It is a collection of four vintage machines that have been modified into interactive sculptures, inspired by sci-fi films. One is an old 1950′s cash register that plays music and movie quotes with sound responsive […]
It Lives!!!! The Registroid is a mutant vintage cash register that is a playable, interactive electro-house looping machine that made its first appearance at Tedx Victoria in 2014. The piece started as a National Cash Register from 1941 and was converted it into a midi controller using an Arduino microcontroller. The antennae are sound-responsive leds […]
The Rocktopus is an interactive audio sculpture created for the Rifflandia Festival. It has LED lights and pressure sensors installed that allow users to create percussive sounds by stepping on the legs. Essentially, it’s a giant drum machine. It was installed over the festival for beta testing, and stress testing and managed to survive being […]
Behind the scenes footage of The Amazing Philli-phone auto-playing “Entry of the Gladiators” for the first time. The Amazing Philliphone is an 1889 Chicago Cottage Pump Organ that was modified to play beer bottles with various actuators, fans, servos and microcontrollers. It was created and built for Phillips Brewing Company by Scott Amos, David Parfit […]
Pentralux is an interactive led painting wall we created using technology developed by Limbic Media. It uses an X-Box Kinect to track users’ motion and translates the movement to colours on an led matrix. Over the last year, it has been installed at the Otherworld Festival, Resonance Festival, G++ Gallery, Rifflandia Music Festival and the […]
We just returned from the Bass Coast Festival in Merritt, BC, where the Bubble Organ (aka Bubble Piano) made its first public appearance. The Bubble Organ is an electronic organ that was modified with leds and toy bubbleguns. It lights up, makes sounds and blows bubbles when the keys are pressed. Here is a video […]