Bob Meanza: Cicadas. Hacking the environment with sound insects | DESARTSONNANTS - CRÉATION SONORE ET ENVIRONNEMENT - ENVIRONMENTAL SOUND ART - PAYSAGES ET ECOLOGIE SONORE | Scoop.it

In a sunny July day, when you are lying in a meadow at the edge of the forest, the sound of cicadas invites you to fall asleep. Then you discover that this familiar sound comes instead from hundreds of small mechanical insects. Dream, nightmare or, simply, an interesting development in the contemporary sound art? We spoke about with Bob Meanza, author of the Cicadas installation.

 

Cicadas are tiny robotic insects, built with electronic components (relays, piezos, buzzers) and AVR microcontrollers. The Cicadas v1.0 were developed for a sound art project in Berlin, now a second breed of smarter insects (v2.0) is being planned. A singing Cicada is shaped by means of a programmed microcontroller (the brain) connected to a vibrating component (which is the sound producing part). A small battery cell and a on-off switch complete the body of the insect, which is soldered and then ready to begin its life in the outer world. ...


Via Jacques Urbanska