Space Invaders on the Street

So I created a cheap ass lightbox from an electronics kit & a cardboard box. To which I decided it’s destiny was to be a public night time spectacle.

The inside of the box –

Where the lightbox is currently housed –

A clearer pic of whats going on –

A bit more dynamic mood with the camera –

and one more photo before I hit the road with my bike –

Bravestarr!

In a distant time
in a distant room.
The planet New Texas a dream of freedom.
The country of free people so it could be.
But mingled always with an evil.

BraveStarr!

A man of the law came from somewhere
He had the strength like a wolf and a bear
Protector of the weak, he defies every danger
upholding the law Marshall BraveStarr

Bravestarr!

Eyes of the hawk, ears of the wolf

Bravestarr!

Strength of the bear, speed of the Pumas

Bravestarr!

BRAVESTAR!

Pixel Jazz?

I was reading some papers written by Lev Manovich this evening. They were discussing digital art, forms of medium and data mining.

It got me thinking about aesthetics in digital art, digital codes and outputting the same digital information through different software.

So using 0xED and Pure Data, I attempted to make an audio file of some of my digital paintings. I crashed the programs several times. The solution was to use a file with less information…….. a lot less information.

Here is the representation of the image I used. An 8 pixel by 8 pixel image.

and here is the audio the pixel’s values produced

http://soundcloud.com/dannypegbar/jpeg

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Interesting result :-) Sort of a programmed yet free-form digital jazz piece :-P

So here is the sounds that I got off the green values of this 8×8 pixel image

http://soundcloud.com/dannypegbar/green-jpeg

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Concerned??? You should be! :)

The Hurdy Gurdy Project

I visited the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio today. I’m a big enthusiast of self publishing and broadcasting. So when I was brought around the tour I got really inspired. The museum had so many quirky objects from so many different era’s. I championed some of the morse code machines and signal light machines.  I started a mini tribute project when I got home.

I remembered doing a morse code exercise when I was first learning the arduino, so that was an easy enough start. The sketch is here – http://www.arduino.cc/en/Hacking/LibraryTutorial

So I travelled down to the 2euro shop to pick up some supplies. A universal plug so I could take off the plug and hook it up to a 9v battery, making the arduino portable. I also picked up a led lamp that sent out a powerful beam. I could use all the multiple leds as they were on a board together and didnt need any additional wiring. Instead of soldering I used the crocodile snaps to make life a lot easier as the supplies from the 2euro shop were brittle enough.

http://www.vimeo.com/26732205

So that night I traveled back out to howth harbour to send my signals

http://www.vimeo.com/26756764

It reads:

‘CQ CQ CQ DE GND13 I AM NOT OBSLT I AM GUD AR’

‘Calling any Station. this is ground 13 (the pins I was using on the arduino), I am not obsolete, I am good. Over.

Overall it was a quick tribute to the guys in the Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, who still communicate through ham radio and morse code every saturday and sunday from the communication centre.

Find the museum here - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hurdy-Gurdy-Museum-of-Vintage-Radio/142282112449873

Although Morse Code is really only used by die hard Radio enthusiasts today, it’s signature to the evolution of communiction shaped the world we know today, from basic message delivery, to times of diplomacy and tactics during times of revolution and war. Marine and Aviation institutes still use morse code today but mostly when they want radio/electronical silence.

Dublin Sketchers in St.Annes

At life drawing, Richy Quinn and myself were invited to draw with the Dublin Sketchers group in St. Annes. The Rose festival and Viking Festival was going on at the time. Although the weather was desperate, to which we all got soaked, I had an awesome time sketching out in ‘real time’. Tougher than I ever remembered, especially with rain running on the page.

Here are a couple of sketches

Find the Dublin Sketcher group here:

http://dublinsketchers.com/

Saturday Life Drawing

I went to Niall Laverty’s life drawing class on Saturday – http://pegbar.ie/wordpress/?p=929

It was quite enjoyable to get away from drawing on the computer and relying on ‘cmd + z’ Looking forward to next week and pushing my concentration levels and observational skills again!

At life drawing, Richy Quinn and myself were invited to draw with the Dublin Sketchers group in St. Annes. The Rose festival and Viking Festival was going on at the time. Although the weather was desperate, to which we all got soaked, I had an awesome time sketching out in ‘real time’. Tougher than I ever remembered, especially with rain running on the page.

Here are a couple of sketches

Find the Dublin Sketcher group here:

http://dublinsketchers.com/