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Blue Shift

Blue Shift

by bevinkelley celinechappert | updated February 13, 2014

We're both interested in curating immersive interactive environments. Celine explores what it means to be human within a technological environment through video editing/compositing and creative programming. Bevin is a sound designer, composer, and electronic music/multimedia performer. Our forces combine to bring into being a compelling and unique responsive participant-driven experience!

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Discussing light, sound, motion, and octoliveliness at New Harvest in the newly re-opened Arcade in beautiful downtown Providence. Scans of notes to follow!

January 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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Presentation for January 18th focusing on our:

- profiles and our skills,

- sources of inspiration,

- project statement,

- non-definitive list of parts,

- production schedule.

January 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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The space is made up of:

- 1 Active wall made from a configuration of Octolively modules,

- 3 Passive walls made from an undetermined mirror-like reflective material.

* The space is meant to welcome one person at a time. Size not yet determined (it depends on the final number of Octolively modules we have).

* All the hardware for audio and power supply will be concealed behind the active wall.

January 17, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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While waiting for our parts to arrive in the mail, we cut out between 5 and 12 cardboard Octolively modules and experimented with different configurations.

Each cardboard rectangle is a 1:1 replica of an Octolively module (4x8 inches).

January 19, 2014 at 7:33 PM
Created by celinechappert and bevinkelley
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I really like your low-res prototyping to get a quick sense of the physical constraints you have with the lighting modules. perhaps you can grab some mirrors too to get a sense of how much bigger you can make the space with reflective materials.
almost 3 years ago
I also like this rapid prototyping with low-tech materials. It seems like a good way to explore the possible physical configurations. Once you get the Octolively modules, it might be worth doing similar low-tech explorations to see how best to incorporate them into a larger structure or environment.
almost 3 years ago

Due to the fact that our Octolively modules still haven't come in, we put together a visual prototype with the help of Adobe After Effects. The video, played on loop, is meant to simulate the effects of the LEDs on the octolively modules: its purpose it to give us an idea of how our light sensor respond to such light variation (see other video).

January 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM
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The following video shows the light sensor (attached on an arm bracer) responding to the stimulus provided by light variations. 

Although the sound is still a bit rough at this point, the video does show you a nice range of tonalities. The data received from the light sensor is translated in MaxMSP (see screenshots).

January 23, 2014 at 9:19 PM
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January 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM
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The AMBI’s 3-pin interface can mount directly into the analog input of an Arduino board (pins: GND, V0 and +5).

More info on the sensor + datasheet here.

January 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM
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yayy!

January 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM
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nice! I like the stabilo pen there for scale.
almost 3 years ago

The pictures show you: 

- the before & after version of an octolively module.

- details on a mounted octolively module.

- the working setup! 

 

January 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM
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it's alive!
almost 3 years ago

Prototyping the space with cardboard and aluminum (for the reflective materials). The space is made up in an octagonal fashion with 6 reflective surfaces, 1 active wall (where the octolively modules go) and 1 entrance for people to access the space. Each panel measures 12 inches x 48 inches.

We found some mirrored Plexiglas which will work great (the aluminum is only used here for prototyping). But we are stuck on something technical..

QUESTION:  

What is the best way to elevate the whole octagonal structure about 1-2 feet from the ground uniformly? The mirrored Plexiglas is not very heavy at all. Also, we were thinking of hanging the pieces, but we have no way of knowing if that is realistic or not given that we don't have access to the expose space this week. Any thoughts anyone?? 

January 29, 2014 at 8:41 PM
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do you guys have a plan for how you'll connect the 6 plexiglass panels? are you buying braces specifically for that? also, how thin are the plexiglass sheets? even if each individually is light, I can imagine that all of them combined can be heavy. my first thought would be to make a frame that you can attach some hooks to and then mount it to the ceiling using a chain. here are some projects I found that you might find mounting inspiration from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Barrel-Drum-Lamp-Shade/?ALLSTEPS http://www.westelm.com/products/foxed-mirror-pendant-round-w891/?pkey=e%7Cpendant%7C41%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C7&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-&bnrid=3917500&cm_ven=AfCmtyCont&cm_cat=rewardStyle&cm_pla=CJ&cm_ite=Std
almost 3 years ago

Having fun with the working Octolively modules!

January 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM
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I think you should incorporate some of those noises into your final installation. ( :
almost 3 years ago
January 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM
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Using mirrored Plexiglas and frosted Plexiglas instead of aluminum this time! Testing hardware.

February 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM
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Made from wood, spraypainted in black.

February 13, 2014 at 7:20 PM
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February 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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awesome! I like your choice to have very tall panels; looks very immersive. can't wait to try it out!
almost 3 years ago