Schmelfhelp art + audio + design by Tara Pattenden

Maelstrom 2600
Sequencer beginnings
Sequencer beginnings

One of the outfits in Maelstrom 2600 will be a sequencer.  I have been experimenting with the sequencer designs in Nic Collin’s book Handmade electronic instruments.  I am thinking that this sequencer would also work as a gate to control other audio.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, […]

knitting nancy
knitting nancy

Testing out making stretch sensors using a knitting nancy.  I think this could be quite good.  At STEIM showed me some they had made where they used elastic to make sure they snapped back into shape.  So far I’m testing what feels good.  I think a combination of wool and resistive yarn gives a good […]

telephone wire connectors
telephone wire connectors

Curly telephone cord should make excellent cable for patch leads for Maelstrom 2600.  It’s nice and stretchy and pulls back into shape quite well.  I’ve tried a couple of ways to cover it.  I quite like the curly shape as well. I had a go at covering the chord.  First I tried it kind of […]

Pokey Controls
Pokey Controls

I ‘ve been playing around with the idea of creating interfaces that are clumsy and awkward.  My first test is this pokey hole.  When you stick your finger in the hole your body resistance will control audio.  I have tried this with a  nand synth, you can wiggle your finger for a good effect. This […]

STEIM Synth Bunker
STEIM Synth Bunker

We had quite a lot of fun playing in Synth bunker at Steim!!!  There are many great old analogue synthesizers to play with including a system 100, korg ms-20, the putney and some homemade steim synths and controllers.  Henry will be posting some recordings soon so I’ll add the links soon. This project has been […]

To lunetta is to modular
To lunetta is to modular

We have been researching circuitry and sounds for Maelstrom 2600.  The idea is that it will be modular in nature but when trying to imagine and visualise the process we realised that a traditional modular synthesizer might not work in the way that we require. One important aspect of each costume is that it will […]

STEIM, synths and canals
STEIM, synths and canals

I’ve been at STEIM in Amsterdam this week working on Maelstrom 2600. STEIM are consulting on the project and so I went to Amsterdam to meet up and kickstart the project.  There are so many different elements that need to work together on this project and having access to all the different people at STEIM […]

Maelstrom 2600
Maelstrom 2600

Thanks to support from the Australia Council and Steim, I am starting work on Maelstrom 2600 – a wearable modular synthesizer…. Maelstrom 2600 is a wearable instrument that is played simultaneously by multiple people. Maelstrom 2600 uses soft circuit technologies to translate a modular synthesizer into multiple costumes which can be used in participatory performance. […]

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This blog is to track my research and artworks. I create new media works and am currently focused on wearable art for participatory performance.

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