Friday, April 29, 2011

Elephant Seal Research

Elephant Seals (Southern and Northern) in the news!
Researchers from UC Santa Cruz's Institute of Marine Sciences are studying the vocalizations of Northern Elephant Seals:

Satellite tags attached to Southern Elephant Seals are providing data that measures changes in the Southern Ocean and its ecosystems, and helps map the Antarctic seafloor:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Instruments Photo

Most of the musical instruments I have constructed with Antarctic objects so far (I still plan to build more)...

Adélie penguin bones and Antarctic limpet (Nacella concinna) shells mounted in driftwood. Pictured (left to right, back to front): Vertebrae Mobile, 7" x 4" x 5", 2009; Limpet Shell Spine, 20" x 5" x 8", 2009; Coracoids, 13" x 5" x 5", 2010; Ghost, 8" x 5" x 7", 2010; Bone Slug, 10" x 4" x 6", 2009; Octobone, 12" x 7" x 6", 2010; Keel, 9" x 4" x 10", 2009.

Friday, April 8, 2011

DIY Instrument Tailgate Party this Sunday

I'll be demonstrating my Antarctic instruments at this free event at Stanford University on Sunday. Come on by and make some sounds with my penguin bones, limpet shells and stones from the Antarctic Peninsula...

Sunday, April 10, 2011 | Noon to 4pm
White Plaza, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Free, Open to the Public, Family-Friendly (with activities for kids!)

Stanford University and Thingamajigs present a meet-up-style afternoon of demonstrations, sharing, and performances by and for the Bay Area instrument-building community. Two dozen instrument builders and musical inventors from the Bay Area and beyond will participate and demonstrate their projects. Visiting artist... and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin will serve as honored guest and Grand Marshal of the day's festivities, mingling with presenters and demonstrating some instruments of his own design.

Participants include:
Craig Parada / Matthew Goodheart / Tom Duff / chas smith / Fernando Lopez-Lezcano / Jiffer Harriman / Will Grant /Babak Falsafi / Sean Simon / Cheryl E. Leonard / Andrew Werby / Tim Thompson / Danishta Rivero / Wendy Reid / Stewart Port / Peter Nyboer / Larnie Fox / steve cooley / Ed Christensen / Alan Adler / courtney sexton / Bryan Day / Alan Tower & Kim Riccelli

Special guest artists will also
perform throughout the afternoon:
- Tom Nunn and Bart Hopkin Duo
- Mobius Operandi
- The Wreck of the Old #10

The event is co-hosted by Thingamajigs, the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and Stanford Lively Arts, with support from Stanford Continuing Studies.

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