I have design motor drivers for Lawrance Malstaf, for a new version of his work Polygon, which has previously been moved by hand.
The drivers features:
- 12-24V DC motors up to 10A
- Built in end switch inputs
- Built in acceleration and current limiting
- Two auxiliary power outputs i.e. for driving a clutch in a future version
- On board potensiometer and buttons for manual test driving and configurations
- Bidirectional isolated RS485 port for remote control. Now programmed for my own “tinkarBus” from a master Arduino controlling the installation, but software adaptable for direct DMX in the future.
The PCB has been made by pad2pad. I’m not to experienced with PCB design so using Pad2pads own routing software keeps me from doing stupid mistakes or mixing inches with mm etc. Hva used them twice now and are very satisfied.
The installation itself is a rather complex net of pulleys and counter weights, making a lot of movements out of few motors. On the video above only four motors are used, but Lawrence aim to use nine motors making more complex patterns.
Did a job for the Anders Høgli for the theatre performance “En dag i livet” (“A day in life”).
Check out this Grenland Friteater – En dag i livet:
You will notice that two of the pictures have sepia tone instead of colors. This is not photoshopped, but actually how it looks thanks to the use of monochromatic Sodium Lights which are old tunnel street lamps. There was only on problem: They need a long warm up time before reaching full strength.
I therefore made cardboard shutters (the lamps are quite cool so no fire hazard) for all the lamps, to allow quick transitions between the scenes.
All parts of plywood except the small cogwheels made of 10mm teflon I happen to have in my workshop. They are controlled by simply reversing the voltage. End switches in both positions are bypassed with diodes so they only stop on direction.
That’s all. Cheers ❤
Edit: Now including a short video of me playing it!
Bought three organ pipes second hand on ebay the other day. Pitches (from lower key) are C, D and F#. Decided to make an electric organ out of it.
Case are made of oak wood milled on my CNC milling machine with church like ornament windows. It is my first experiment with making simplified tapped corners on the CNC machine. Not perfect but it seems to work out. On one side there is a control panel with individual power adjustment for each pipe plus vibrate frequency and depth.
I have used an Arduino to control the fan motors because I’m lazy. It gives me the possibility to PWM control and modulate the pipes with a few mosfets (IRLZ24N) and minimum effort. If I want to add midi control in the future, this will also be straight forward.
I have used separate fans, from hot air guns, mounted straight under each pipe. This gives a really simple assembly with no valves to worry about. The down side is that the fan noise is quite audible trough the pipe sound.
All in all I am very happy with the looks of this thing. Less happy with the sound, and the possibilities are obviously quite limited with only three pipes.
I am quietly daydreaming of buying a full set of old church pipes to make a huge Serafin like contraption of it. The biggest problem so far seems to be that the parts must be transported from the USA to Norway, which is far from cheap.
Grethe Mo was producing a solo theatre performance about (fear of) math. She wanted some kind of visual effect to visualize the beauty of math and numbers. Quick brainstorming with Anne-Sophie Eriksen and Kjersti Høgli led to this:
A table mounted double pendulum. Ironically enough a demonstration of chaos; where the math and numbers break down.
The devise is made by home milled aluminium leftovers from the Grenland Friteater storage. All joints have ball bearings to give a long lasting pendulum. The finish of the bare aluminium parts are gently sanded to give a matte look and to remove scratches from the old materials.
My musical project Sylvisphere uses contact mics to get great sound out of – among other things – an old desktop lamp.
See how it is done after the break.
Father of a friend. He is russian but lives in Lofoten, Norway.
Reminds me of the childrens book Serafin.
This guy needs more views!
Working on a tape loop player. It will be a while until it is working, but here is the mechanical parts. Beatiful, isn’t it?
Of course the name will not be “Bizarotron”. What kind of stupid name is that?