I_P_5 – Week 1

I will begin this week with the ExperimentationResearchReflection triangle which points me in the direction of reflection on the work that has preceded this point in my artistic journey at SoA.

musicalandscape was a fun re-purposing experiment, lacking a real reason beyond “that’s what happened”. It was based on using a found object – a piano roll, and I found this such a rewarding object which helped me experiment in all kinds of ways. The piano roll became a new landscape and that landscape became a musical score. It is a beautiful, aesthetic triumph that could have been presented more effectively with a 90 foot sculpture, moving lights and ambient sound fields.

musicalandscape – Tim Beckham © 2019

static/dynamic was my first real video excursion. Again a fun experiment in presenting ideas with visual and audible elements. Again, the question “Why?” comes to mind. I did learn the joy of the tripod, though. I liked the premise of alternate views… is it a tree or is it me? Still or moving?

Conversation Pieces was a step forward and enabled me to connect a range of elements together into a fairly cohesive project. I felt like an alchemist, at times. I was able to pull together many of my interests and areas of experience: music, sound art, recording, visual arts, teaching, performing, composing, improvising, etc. The project covered a lot of ground, from audio recording and manipulation to graphic scores to language and communication to group work and audience participation.The workshop idea has got potential for expansion and development. It “has legs”, it could run and run!

I felt I did my best work so far, for this module. Everything connected in a magical way and I covered a lot of ground.

Throughout, I notice an absence of the “environmental/ecological issues” focus, despite being involved in the themes of nature and animal. Not very trendy, really. I’ll have to see what I can do this time around.

This semester the theme is JOURNEY. Another vast ocean to draw a droplet from.

This semester my obsession is electro-magnetic fields (EMF) and my journey to discover “the sound behind the silence”. All electronic equipment emits EMF radiation and it’s possible to use a simple device to hear the sounds of EMF. I found a schematic for such a device called the Elektrosluch, designed by sound artist and composer, Jonas Gruska and decided to try and build one. There are a few examples of the device online as the designer has graciously made his schematic open-source. There are instructions here: https://makezine.com/projects/weekend-project-sample-weird-sounds-electromagnetic-fields/

I found the diagram below here: http://subwoofersub.blogspot.com/2018/02/elektrosluch.html


  1. PCB Board
  2. 1kΩ 1% metal Resistor x2
  3. 100kΩ 1 % metal Resistor x2
  4. 390kΩ 1 % metal Resistor x2
  5. 2.2µF 10V Capacitor x4
  6. 100µF 10V Capacitor x2
  7. 2.2mH Vertical type Inductor x2
  8. IC Socket, 8 pin DIL x1
  9. Op-Amp IC chip (OPA2134) x1 
  10. Stereo Jack
  11. 9v battery and battery connector
  12. Hookup wire

I made a prototype on a breadboard, which didn’t work first time, but with a bit of fiddling I managed to get it sensing the EMF from my iPhone. I didn’t have all of the exact components, but it’s a promising start.

Elektrosluch prototype

Tutorial #1

My first tutorial was enjoyable, my enthusiasm was returned and my thinking was tightened by Miranda’s input. She told me that I need to find out the: what/who/where & define the purpose of the project. Yes, I do.

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