Luis Zayas

Luis will be bringing his wonderful sound-art installation lifeSupport to the festival. The installation is an IV drip generative music installation powered by Bela platform. The drops from four saline drip bags pick random notes from chords, each drip on a different octave, all tuned using just intonation. Parameters can be controlled in real-time.

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The flow is controlled by the dials embedded in the giving sets. Instead of being connected to catheters, the end of the giving sets are aligned using laser-cut acrylic arms. These are directly above a plate which holds four strips of brass. Under each piece of metal is a piezo transducer which is connected to Bela. The embedded computer is running a compiled Pure Data patch which uses the excitation of the piezos to generate a random number with each drop. Each number corresponds to a different note in a preset chord.
By turning the potentiometers on the breadboard, the user can change the gain, frequency, chord or release.

Luis is a Product Design Engineer and a musician. He has a special interest in playful design and learning by making. His skills range from Graphic Design, Product Design and 3D modeling to rapid prototyping, electronics and Pure Data. He is currently part of the Roundhouse Audio Collective and a member of Music Hackspace.