Adam Donovan started as a sculptor and uses the principles of sculpture in his sound art work. But an interest in applying the techniques of sculpture to the field of sound led him to develop work in robotics. His installation Psychophysics Machines, presented in November at the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai, featured five five robotic sound-generating sculptures. Inspired by the tautophone, a type of ‘audible ink test’, the work combines psychology and physics to challenge normal human audio perception.
“The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It sets the tone pretty effectively for the demo I’m about to engage in: A sneak peek at Thync, a new technology that promises to help its users “conquer life” by allowing them to tweak and torque their mood on demand.”
“Introducing a new way of recording and listening to the world: Recho is a sound app for saving and sharing the stories and moments that matter to you – on specific locations in the real world. It could be in your backyard, in front of your lover’s house or even on top of a mountain. But to listen you have to be in the exact spot where the recording took place.”