Fabrication – enclosure

I chose to make a speaker enclosure that I will be using for PComp out of PVC. I cut small pieces of PVC tube on the miter saw to use as connectors between the curved pieces.

i will be attaching a mirrored acrylic base to it today.

The pipes at Home Depot were called 2″ but the opening is larger than that, so the Bluetooth speakers I bought fall right through, I’m going to purchase larger ones that can click in and out. For now I’m using bubble wrap and have the top pieces tilted up, which looks better aesthetically as well. I’m considering using mod podge and doing some sort of collage on it or try covering it in cement, i do also like it white, so thinking of somehow making it a glossy finish.

Im going to incorporate this into my pcomp final, where there will be two audio outputs, one will be inside a bowl of water – whose output is triggered by a theremin, that controls whale sounds, pitch and delay through p5js. A plant will be suspended in the middle of the water that has a biofeedback system that gets translated to MIDI and will be run through ableton. This pipe enclosure will be the output for the plant. There’s a place in the middle on top of the speakers, for an air plant.

PComp ICM Final Update – Plant-Water/You Duet

For my final project I’m building off of the midterm project light theremin, having it now trigger whale sounds in p5, with the theremin affecting the pitch.

The theremin will trigger sound in p5 whose audio output is routed to a waterproof speaker that will be in a clear plastic bowl. There will be a plant suspended in the middle of the bowl with the roots inside the water – the plant will be connected to MIDISprout which uses electrodes to read micro-electrical shifts in the plant and then translates it to MIDI data. This will be connected ultimately to Ableton Live.
Touching the plant is usually the trigger for Midisprout’s change in notes but I’m going to have the audio from the theremin trigger the shifts,  because the water in the bowl will make various vibrations according to the pitch played.
For my midterm the audio traveling through the water created cymatic patterns that corresponded to the frequency – the hope is that the patterns will still form around the plant as well, but is not essential for this concept at this point.
This will enable the user to trigger a range of sound from p5 that could be used to duet with the plant since the plant will be generating sound from the vibrations of the MIDIsprout.
MiDISprout connected to Ableton:

Whale sounds and pitch:




Whale Sound Example:


The 2 light theremins would control the pitch and delay – currently corresponding to the bubble images.

The background of the sketch will be whale video footage whose speed will correspond with the pitch, that I’d like to project overhead onto the water.

Week #3 – Laser Cutting – Nazca Light Mobile

I made an acrylic light mobile based off the ancient geoglyph land etchings in Peru called “Nazca”.

I did a test on the cardboard for one shape on the 75w printer, but regret not doing the whole actual size because I confused the sizing when I switched it over to the bedding size file. This cut off the ends of the 2 birds’ tails.


I had the settings at 18″ acrylic but for some reason it took 4 passes to finally cut through.



I did the base on the 50w machine and didn’t have any problems.

I tied the nazca line shapes to the top with clear fishing wire.

ICM Final Proposal – Whale Song Sensory Integration

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For my ICM final, I’m collaborating with Jaqi Garcia, a teacher who works with children on the Autism spectrum and incorporates social emotional learning in her curriculum. We’re building on the “Whale Song” piece for children with sensory integration challenges, referred to by some as “Sensory Processing Disorder”.  SPD is a condition where multi-sensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of an environment. This effects some people on the autism spectrum, but also includes neurologically “typical” children/adults that have mild multi-sensory integration challenges.

Processing systems work differently for every individual, we all have 1 or 2 senses that are more acute than others.

Occupational therapists find ways to anchor children with SPD using sensory stimulation that is right for the individual, working with tools such as weighted blankets, LED blankets or trampolines.

Various sensory systems include tactile, auditory, visual and proprioception, which is the sense of your gravitational center.

We would like to sync the Whale sounds and visuals with a gel pad with a magnetic that children can push around, triggering the effects on the sound.


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This might seem that it would overwhelm a child with sensory sensitivities but it actually  syncs the multi-sensory input (sonic, tactile and visual) in a way that is cohesive and the child has control over.  This increases the communication between the processing systems, helping with integration and regulation of their nervous system.

Constructive cause and effect activities anchor all children.  The tactile, auditory, visual interactivity of the “Whale Song” can also help children with attention challenges as well.

I’m going to expand on the current Whale Song:


and animate the whale and bubbles so they look more apart of the environment. I’ll map the bubbles to the marbles within the gel pad with sensors.

Uses: in home, therapeutic environments, classrooms, any place.







Animation Week #1 – Stop Motion

Partnered with Isabella Vento and Michael Blum using clay,  glass bottle and green screen to make an abstracted stop motion piece. Isa edited the green screen with a previous animation piece of hers and we used a piece of my music.

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Week #2 – Multiples – Cement Offering Bowls

I wanted to do a multi-step process that involved working with organic-like materials in a uniform way but where the material would ultimately have the final say.  I was thinking of companies that do large runs of irregular pieces that are hand made and how the variations are the desired outcome, but can still work within a series.

I chose to work with cement and balloons as the mold, creating a very smooth inside with a rough more natural outside – mimicking something you’d find in nature such as a barnacle or an egg.  As I worked with the 1st piece, I noticed the concrete was very thick, so I added water to the entire mix to increase malleability.  I had to constantly add water and squeeze through the cement to keep it from becoming solid.

When I got to my 2nd and 3rd model, there was a refinement in my technique, where i would put the whole amount of material on top of the balloon and then smooth it out, and then wet the gloves and lightly smooth out the surface. 

It took 3 days to completely dry out. On the 3rd evening I noticed some of the balloons had lost some air, creating space in between the balloon and concrete and there were cracks in one of them, due to unevenness in the levels of cement.

I then painted the insides gold and the extra one black on the outside, I left the 5 natural on the outside because I preferred the look.

I finished with a matte finish spray to seal them. The intended use is for candles, offering bowls, for jewelry or decorative.



Final Project Proposal

I’d like to continue to work with sound and organic or “organic-like” material such as magnetic putty that moves in animated way. I’ve been exploring ways to expand on the Cymatics midterm. I’m interested in possibly incorporating wearables in some way and plant sensors to triggers sounds.



Ferrofluid and magnets


Magnetic Putty

Plant Triggers