2009 - 2011
in conjuction with Arctic Perspective Initiative
Data collecting devices communicate wirelessly with each other or a user's computer via Xbee radio modules. A wide range of sensor data is read and written to a card or direct wireless to a user's laptop: rgb color, gps statistics, wind behaviors, barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, air quality, turbulence, and more. Location for further testing and preparation is currently under way in the Arctic region of Nunavut.
For more details and images please follow the link: Tatsipaa technical
This project is a group effort managed by Arctic Perspective Initiative.
design for high precision motor
in conjunction with Jonathan Villeneuve
Designed for Jonathan Villeneuve's field motion devices. The featured circuitry represents a culmination of electronic techniques acquired under the guidance and apprenticeship of Samuel St. Aubin.
The circuitry is comprised of two custom designed PCB units, one being the central processing unit, the second serving as a high precision stepping motor driver that may be repeated and connected individually to seperate motors. The result is a central unit that has been prepared to drive 5 independant motor lines while also providing exponential expansion by way of extra serial ports.
The design is prepared to act either as a stand-alone device or to be controlled with software, in this case MAX/MSP or Pure Data. These preparations leave us with flexible options for live performance control as well as pre-programmed sculpture and installation.
Click here to visit the site of artist Jonathan Villeneuve and view final documentation of Mouvement de Masse
photos by Alexis Bellavance
multi-channel sound driver
Sound control development for Zimoun and Herman Kolgen
- Fall 2010
These devices were developed after several attempts to fulfill the simple function of an audio player that simply plays a prepared sound file when activated and then loops an indeterminate amount of times. It also has the function of switching tracks in case the user decides they want this abiity either by microcontroller or a manual switch. The sound quality is very good. Individual player reads wave files from a micro SD card producing a stereo output requiring size 1/4" audio jack. Perfect for installations or productions requiring many channels of different sounds. Economical in size and cost. This kind of thing is hard to find on the market. MP3 players are an alternative but this requires hacking and attaching an additional microcontroller for activations. Though I've gone that route for certain gallery productions I see no reason now to go back.
Developed at the requests of artists Zimoun and Herman Kolgen.
channel motor control for manual performance
(High Frequency/Complete Noise Reduction)
This piece was commissioned by Swiss artist Zimoun. It's a simple and direct utilisation of 5 of the 6 ADC and PWM channels available on an Atmega328 chip (Yes, that's right, Arduino).
For those less inclined to understand these terms this basically means that you can turn knobs and smoothly control the speeds of several DC motors independantly. This circuit is prepared to deliver strong ratings. Each channel delivers up to 5 amps at 24 volts. This means that we can stack many small motors on each of the available 5 channels or we can put one or two large motors on each.
As mentioned, this circuit was designed for the artist Zimoun for performance purposes. I am assuming that it will serve as the driver for a performance-based installation.
We will find out soon enough. When documentation becomes available it will be posted.
stepping motor control for sculpture
assisting Jean-Pierre Gauthier
Jason Cook's first apprenticeship in Montreal was with Jean-Pierre Gauthier, a local kinetics and sound artist. He helped the artist develop a motor system for the sculpture Stressato (click to see video).Click here to view J.P. Gauthier's machines
The works of J.P. Gauthier are featured in museums and galleries in Quebec and abroad. For a very original and quirky approach to technological sculpture and installation take a look at this artists site. It's a sensorial experience. Simply put, a lot of fun.