Things one can do at the end of summer while waiting for the birth of your daughter: design and build tiny noise devices that prove that cute and control voltage can be harmonious together. Folks, these be Eyecillators. They’re kind of like last year’s Little Furry Oscillators, but with an additional oscillator and a control voltage output for integration into larger, modular arrays. Granted we’ve traded the fur in for a nice, powered coated enclosure, but hey, progress and industry, it marches. Not to say that we won’t still cover things in faux fur from time to time but that will be contingent on finding a decent fur supply – not so much of that on the Mason-Dixon, unfortunately. So yeah, Eyecillators. They do stuff. Examples and purchasing info = here. That is all. For now.
Hey Gang – Just a heads up that our Gold Standard pedal was recently featured in the Product Spotlight section of Guitar Player Magazine. Check the link out here. Similarly, for more information on the Gold Standard itself, this would be the appropriate link: http://vauxflores.com/electronics/gold-standard/. Remember, tell your friends and all that.
Not gonna lie – things are busy. Full time job, electronics busy, baby-prepping and art excursions all wear down on one’s ability to post coherently within relevant timeframes. So before I forget or end up in some sort of catatonic stupor inspired by jet lag and gaps in scheduling, here’s two clippings from San Francisco about my recent Hydroprinting performances. As a heads up, I’ll be doing the piece again at the Pyramid Atlantic outside of Washington D.C. (Silver Spring, officially) on August 23. After that, we’ll be putting the 2014 art season to bed in preparation for our expanding family. Not to say that everything will come grinding to a halt – things are already in motion for the next incarnation of the Hydroprinting piece – involving lasers. Because lasers are awesome. More on that soon. In the meantime, here’s some articles.
- Treading Water from the San Francisco Bay Guardian, 07.15.2014
- Waves of Sound from the North Bay Bohemian, 07.30.2014
Hey now – another place on this planet where you can pop in and jam our wares and not just take our word that they’re extremely worth it and totally cool. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re happy to announce that VauxFlores is now available at Robotspeak in San Francisco, Ca. For those that don’t know, this store is awesome. But then again, every brick and mortar carrying our boxes is totally awesome. What can I say, we strive for consistency. Ala address, you can find said shop at 589 1/2 Haight St. in San Francisco, Ca. Check it out!
It’s with great pleasure that we announce that VauxFlores-brand electronics are now available at Outpost Music on the Avenue in Hampden, Charm City, USA. It’s a cool store in a neat location and is only a few blocks from our house – Jessie’s a real stand-up guy to boot. We’re hoping to have Outpost be our home base in Baltimore for any and all on the home front interested in our devices, as well as a place where one can pick up the occasional custom-build and special edition coming out of the workshop – Psyched! For those lacking the coordinates, Outpost is located at 846 W. 36th St. in Baltimore and is open 7 days a week – come visit, yes?
‘lo everyone. I feel like I’m beginning too many posts with “just a heads up,” but just a heads up on what I’m up to this summer, or at least what I’m up to outside of building electronics, doing whatever I do for the state university I work at and fluffing the nest for the ever-approaching birth of my daughter come September. Namely, I’ll be amplifying water currents out in California, transferring the vibrations electro-mechanically to writing utensils and pulling prints with them in a quasi-steampunk attempt at mechanical synesthesia, or something in that ballpark. For those into reading, I’ll post the abstract in a second, but for those more into times, places, and events, I’ll be doing said things twice – once on July 10 at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and again on August 3 At Battery Townsley at Fort Cronkhite, overlooking the Marin Headlands. Both are part of MEDIATE’s Soundwave ((6)): Water, San Francisco Innovative Art and Music Biennial. It’s been nearly two years since I was last in California – looking forward to heading out and doing whatever Californians do. Not to mention the artwork.
Hydroprinting II is a semi-autonomous, performance/installation designed to explore the connections between current and tidal movement by way of a constructed visual output, utilizing abstract audio processes and custom-designed hardware. For this piece, I intend to construct three hydrographs, fashioned after analog seismographs, modified for input to be derived from the San Francisco Bay. Each device will be used to impel the movement of a stylus on paper, much in the same fashion as a seismograph or a polygraph, however, there will be no set period for each device, allowing for the potential for individualized measurements of tide and current, unique to the operator of the device. Over the course of a set duration (30 minutes for performance, with option for extended installation upon request), the audience will be invited to participate in the creation of unique art prints, on location, as part of an open-ended performance/installation designed to bring awareness to the interrelations between our ambient surroundings, the environment and our own aesthetic derivatives therein
Prior to to the performance, the hydrographs will be assembled on site using materials easily found in Bay Area, consisting of a rigid vertical frame with a moveable boom, suspended in stasis via spring and counterweight, with the dimensions approximately two meters tall and one meter wide. At the end of each boom will be a customized holster, designed to hold permanent markers, which can be swapped for the sake of color and tip density. Attached to sliders on the far end of the boom will me moveable plexiglass art-boards, designed to permit the pulling of prints without hindering the view of additional audience members.
Powering each hydrograph will be a small amplifier affixed to the base of each device, designed to best relay the signals taken from a submerged hydrophone on an extended lead to a transducer fastened to the apex of each hydrograph. Similar to the principals of a spring reverb, signals from the hydrophones will be used to activate movement in the spring. However, instead of reintegrating the amplified signal with the original, each spring will convey movement to the boom, facilitating the creation of prints.
Each amplifier will also contain an additional audio output for direct amplification over a larger PA system to allow for direct amplification of the hydrophones, as well as contact microphones integrated into the booms of the hydrographs, intended to amplify both the movement of the spring, as well as the direct sound of the physical act of printmaking. During the course of the performance, I intend to create a site-specific mix, incorporating these six sound sources, as well as the immediate ambient sounds of the location, further integrating the space, the devices and the environment in which they were constructed.
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Just a quick heads up that our Gold Standard fuzz pedal was recently reviewed by Pedal of the Day. Here’s the link to the review and a hearty shout-out to Mike B for having such an amazing blog, as well as taking interest in VauxFlores. Lots more on the way, but figured it was about time to mention this on the official channel instead of the just the various viral satellites we employ to help spread the good word.
Ah yes – if the spirit moves, here’s where you can buy said effect, as well as the rest of our available wares – enjoy!
Ah, and for those curious to hear what the Gold Standard sounds like in a more performative setting than the usual minute and a half test-riffs, check this little number out: