Uncaged::Conlon Robot Keyboard Prize 2017

In 2017, for the first time, the UnCaged Toy Piano (US) and Conlon Foundation (NL)  will collaborate on a joint call for submissions for the 2017 Robot Keyboard Prize. For this year’s competition, we are seeking adventurous new works for Ranjit Bhatnagar’s midi-controlled Robot Toy Piano. Innovative ways of integrating electronics are encouraged, but not mandatory.

The prize for 1st place is a performance in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, Holland) in September 2017 and the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival (New York City, December 2017), plus $1000 of which $500 from the UnCaged Toy Piano and $500 from Conlon Foundation towards travel/accommodation costs, to enable the prize winner to attend the performance in Utrecht, NL. The prize for Honorable Mention is a performance in the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, Holland) in September 2017 and the UnCaged Toy Piano Festival (New York City, December 2017).

Guidelines for the competition:

1. The competition is open to composers and sound artists of all ages and nationalities.

2. Works must be written for the Robot Toy Piano as a concert work (not installations).

3. Works may include one live performer on a conventional or unconventional instrument (i.e. orchestral, homemade, or mechanized instrument)     

4. The duration of the piece may be no longer than 15 minutes. 

The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2017 and should include:

1. A short bio of the composer in pdf.

2. A score/information sheet with a detailed description of the work in pdf.

3. A downloadable audio and/or video preview of the work in .mp3 or .avi. or a link to a website where the file remains available until June 1st, 2017                                         

The decision of the jury will be made public no later than June 1st, 2017

  • The Robot Toy Piano

Built by New York-based sound artist, Ranjit Bhatnagar, the robot toy piano is a redesigned

player toy piano (PianoLodeon) that reads midi files. The range of the robot toy piano keyboard

is midi note 36-64 (C3-E5). The sounding pitch is a major third lower, due to the construction of the original Pianolodeon.                                                                                                                                      

Please check the UnCaged and Conlon websites for more detailed information about the instrument and updates.

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to:  uncagedconlon2017@gmail.com



Original post from :http://www.conlon.nl/news.php

New Release: Time-Folding V.3.4 on magNIP

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Last summer in Korea, I had this great opportunity to make a mini album published by New.In.Paper‘s magNIP series, finally it came out today (4th/Sep/2016) in Korea!

One of my live performances ‘Time-Folding V.3.4,’ performed at 7th Feb, 2015 in Rotterdam,  is in this small acrylic magnet, and one can listen to the music through the QR code on the back part. Only 40 copies have been printed as it is a special release,  and the price is from 10$ or more.

I’m going to receive 20 copies in The Netherlands soon, planning to sell it and the price will be donation based. If you are interested, you can visit the website below.
http://www.newinpaper.com/

A broken string instrument into a sound generating electronic instrument

These days, I am more interested in building something  that I can contribute myself, my taste more into it. In other words, I love analog synths and some other devices that are already designed by someone. I buy and assemble them because they are worth, and they are ones that I don’t have enough time and knowledge to design myself. It’s a whole different world. But I can probably build something much simpler, yet it is more what I want to do with.

So I grabbed the arduino again after few years. First time when I picked up the arduino, I think I was lack of understanding in general about it. I could follow the instructions but I didn’t have enough ideas what to do with it. Now after assembling and building few electronic devices, I kinda wanted to go back there and see if I can do something more interesting.

Then I also had this broken string instrument that I got from a second hand market for 2 euro. The string is simply metal wire, and I could imaging that the electronic current can flow into it, and make something, just something!

So, I tried to feed the voltage into it. The feeding tool is the Arduino. I used the 330k ohm resister in between and simply let the voltage flow. Then I put a piezo into a body of the instrument and it is not to detect the sound of the instrument body as in general use of it, but I connect the wire of the voltage into the piezo, and it more works like buzzer.

Most important element is the human body : this works only with the human body as the conductive object -or could work with any conductive material-. Any part of my body needs to be wired as well (one hand attached to the wire, and the other hand touching the instrument), otherwise there is no current flow between the body and the instrument.

I am very happy with the result. Now I am on the stage of feeding some various voltages into different strings to make some different sound pitches, and so far it works. I put a metal in between and connect that into the ground. By this grounding, it can cancel the voltage, meaning that it can also reduce the voltage in time to generate some glissando effect, or a very distorted noise.

After finishing this design, I am going to make it as a performing tool, connecting with the computer to process the sound as well. This is already on going.