ClockBox


PROJECT AND REFERENCES




First prototype (2018) of my 'time machine'. But it never really worked in terms of sensing distance to activate sound.













References for the creation of an acrylic box sound clock machine. The idea is building an acrylic box with loose pieces of a clock inside. As in the pic of the jar. The box will have a speaker on the top, and distance sensors on each lateral face. The sensors will alter the acoustic and rhythm of the ticking sound. The idea is to point out the "disarmed clock" as a disarmed time and the flexible time through sound.






DISARMED CLOCK PIECES







PROCESS


VL53L0X

- 4 Distance sensor vl53l0x

- 1 Arduino UNO

Note1: I got Arduino and 4 vl53l0x distance sensors working, It is probably that the code allows more sensors in parallel, but I haven't tried more than 4 yet.

Note2: This sensor is very accurate but very lineal (frontal). It doesn't allow a sensory angle spectrum. This is the reason why I was trying to create a grid with 4 sensors: to cover a bigger area for sensing, and then average the inputs.

Code and schematics:

https://github.com/camilacolussi/vl53l0x






SOUND IN MAX.MSP

MAX.MSP​ working.

MAX receives 4 Arduino signals through Serial. It averages the four signals to get only one input for sound alterations.

This 4 signals were thought to correspond to only one face of the box, that's the reason why they've been averaged.

MAX patchs: https://github.com/camilacolussi/clockSound







ACRYLIC BOX PROTOTYPE


It doesn't look as I imagined. Something is wrong about the pieces accumulated in the bottom. It is not visually interesting.








CARDBOARD AND 4 SENSORS PROTOTYPE

Even when the sensors work, I realized that I was forgetting the visual space for cables. Cables occupy more space than the clock pieces, so this doesn't work visually. They need to be different projects.

On the other side, I was imagining pilling the boxes, but this doesn't make sense if you have sensors on every lateral face. So I need another shape or a different material approach.










WIRE 'TRANSPARENT' BOX PROTOTYPE


I tried this wire box to see how the components would look like inside a 'transparent' box (as the first idea of a transparent acrylic box). But I insist that this shape doesn't work. I need only one main face to track distance and no more. A cone could work.







NO-BOX

I tried to imagine a shape that is not a box anymore. Some shape in which the sensor is located more freely. But this result is too similar to my previous project "Blurred Democracy" and doesn't really stand in space (I still imagine is clock as one of many for a bigger installation).







PENDING IDEAS




Relate clock and movement











Solenoid for acoustic sound in real time (not digital time)

Ref: https://www.instagram.com/_bichopalo_/










CLASS FEEDBACK

Sunny:

- The idea of container. The idea of trying to store time.

- Take time into data inputs for machine learning.


Yihuai:

- Material and immateriality. Sun dial: a stone and a shadow. Water. Candles. Maybe you can find some materials that could naturally reflect the lapse of time.


Jessie:

- You have two ideas: a clock that doesn't work due to is deconstructed, and a different way of measuring time.

- Metronomes. Things that influence the bit of something. The bit of time, the bit of your heart. The rhythm of things. Maybe is not just about the rhythm of clocks but the rhythm of life.

- Try different prototypes for different approaches to open your own project and paths of research.

- Think how the size of the duration of your projects affects the meaning of the projects. A piece that could happen every hour, or every a couple of months.


Jingyi:

- John Cage "As slow as possible" vs very fast pieces/performances that reflect on the meaning of life.



FINAL NOTES


Something is not working in terms of the visuality and materials, so I'm gonna focus on that now and we will see what happens.