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Harmonograph by Tim Vincent-Smith

Harmonographic machines use pendular motion to make sounds and shapes.

Tim Vinvent-Smith will present some of his most recent machines at the 2015 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. This will include a sub bass generatorgraph made from computer hard drives, amplifier and oscilloscope, (spin the disks) a singer-sewing-machine-table pedal-powered, mechano pantograph (pedal the singer) and a prototype app which will eventually create 3d harmonographic images from the sound input of your mobile phone (sing and marvel).

See Tim speak about his recent work in an interview with Summerhall tv below:

Science at the HeART of Summerhall

Throughout the Science Festival, Summerhall has hosted the Sci-Art Trail, a series of exhibitions and installations showcasing the work of artists who are inspired by science in some shape or form. The artwork is spread throughout Summerhall’s gallery spaces, here are a just a few highlights…

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The Noisy Table by Will Nash (pictured above) is a tennis table with a difference. Programmed with a library of digital instruments and samples, it transforms vibrations into sounds which are broadcast live back into the game!

Tim Vincent Smith’s Interactive Harmonographs combine simple harmonic motions of varying frequencies to make images or ‘harmonographics’. Get hands on with the artwork and discover the parallel harmony of music 2D art.
Last year’s Mini Maker Faire exhibitors Botanica Mathematica are showcasing their Binary Bonsai Specimen Collection, small textile trees which split in two and have a knitting ‘recipe’ as their genetic code.

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And Helen Storey’s stunning Dress of Glass and Flame (above) will be lit for the last time on the night of the Mini Maker Faire, available to view from 5pm.

Photography by Chris Scott, www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdonia

 

Maker Focus: Illuminating Geometry

Today’s post focuses on artist Jenny Dockett , who creates magic with paper and light.

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Using a variety of recycled papers, card and material; she builds complex icosahedron lanterns and fills them with LEDs. Mesmerising effects are achieved by the light passing through different thicknesses and colours of the papers.

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These solid shapes have been known since ancient times and were described in some detail by Pythagorus, Theatetus, and Euclid. Plato assigned each shape to one of the four classical elements. The cube represented Earth, the octahedron air, the icosahedron water and the tetrahedron fire. But what of the dodecahedron? Plato said it “was used by the god for arranging the constellations in the whole heaven”.

Jenny will be creating an illuminating geometry room at the Mini Maker Faire – we can wait!

Illuminating Geometry

2014 Makers Announced

Exciting news… we’ve just announced the first batch of makers who will be participating in the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire!

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We’ve pulled together an exciting and diverse bunch with makers from a wide range of disciplines including engineering and electronics, arts and crafts, science and sustainability, music, maths and much more…

This year’s line up features chillies, a one-man-band, some noisy toys, underwater robots, a biotech laboratory in a 13×11 inch box and the world’s first pedal powered hydraulic hybrid Reliant Robin pick up to name just a few!

See the makers page of our site for a full list of makers confirmed so far and keep tuned as we’ll be adding more information on some of the participating makers to our blog in the run up to the event. Announcements about workshops and talks happening at the event will also follow soon.

The 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 20 April at Summerhall and tickets are available now – click here to book.