BOCA BEARINGS 2015 INNOVATION COMPETITION

Chatty Spring Ballz

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ABOUT THIS PROJECT


Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

"Chatty Spring Ballz" is an acousto-kinetic sculpture that allows for an interactive exploration into the hidden acoustic world of high tensioned steel wires as they send compression waves into contact microphones.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

I began working on this project roughly in December of last year. I am continually tweaking and tuning and improving various acoustic or mechanical aspects of the design and will likely continue to improv it as long as I feel it can be improved upon. It's a "finished" enough product to have shown at the 2015 Bay Area MakerFaire, however!

What was your goal in building this project?

To provide an interactive art piece that could demonstrate the unusual and special acoustic properties of steel objects, but specifically steel springs under tension.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

It's useful as a means of creating original "reverbish" sounds and in educating others about innovative uses for high tensile strength steel.

What makes your idea unique?

Chatty Spring Ballz is unique as a means of mechanically creating a complex sound in the form of an publicly accessible and educational sculpture piece. To my knowledge, there is nothing else quite like it.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

I use many different kinds sizes of bearings to weight load springs of varying tension. Anywhere from .25" to 1.25" in diameter.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

That it exists and is available to be shown in museums, festivals, etc.

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

To recover the time and expense of building this piece and to purchase better materials for the next version. By the two friends who help me out with this project dinner!

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