Wow, what a crazy two weeks!
I have been off travelling from one end of the country to the other touring around and visiting hackerspaces in Vancouver, MIT and Toronto and met some incredible people during my visit to these spaces.
While in Boston, I had to opportunity to attend the Design East Conference and take part in a bunch of free classes offered by a whole bunch of different companies like Microchip, NXP, ST and a lot more! Oh, and I got some ARM based development boards from ST and NXP! I guess I’ll be busy tinkering around with those for a while.
What is “MoLZ?” MoLZ is Music over LaserZ and it is exactly as it sounds…transmitting music (really, any kind of audio) using a laser.
This, is Toshio Iwai, an interactive media artist. He is probably best known for his work in non-traditional musical interfaces. He is also responsible for the Tenori-On which was his attempt at creating a new musical instrument which, from what I can see, is used pretty widely by many artists like Little Boots. Over the course of his career (which continues on today), he has made some really neat things from a computer game (Otocky) to media art installations. Iwai also was an artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
A few weeks ago, my sister and I took a trip to the Wapiti Music Festival in Fernie, BC (which, by the way was lots of fun). On the drive back to Edmonton, we found an antique shop in a quaint little town about 50 km South of Calgary called Nanton.
Knowing that inside most antique stores is an elderly lady in a rocking chair preciously guarding vintage silverware with a double axe by her side, we had some Werthers Originals on hand to give as an offering in exchange for exploring through her piles of LIFE Magazines from the 1940s and Simon and Garfunkel Records. HOWEVER, little did I know that I would soon be finding a treasure.
I’ll cut to the chase. Here’s what I found…