Tranquil from Arfurqan on Vimeo.

So finally done with the presentation. Luckily I was able to come up with a name for the project. I call it tranquil. Which means quite, unpolluted, clear and clean. The name springs from inside out, and is not something that is superimposed.


The idea is to have a quite solute meditative experience while reflecting your state of being on the water.
Below you’ll find the presentation itself and the final video.



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Sonic Water (testing)

After Testing

sonic water (testing) from Arfurqan on Vimeo.

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Sonic Water #4 (the story with brainwave sensor)

From the very beginning I had the idea to use a brainwave sensor as an input. I was very interested in the Alpha and beta waves. Both of they have reciprocal effect on each other. One is responsible for relax state of mind and the other one for attention.

Lucky a came across this great tutorial. Which shows how to hack a brainwave toy, connect it with ardurino and visualize it’s data in processing. Here is the link.

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Here is the video

hacking a brainwave sensor from Arfurqan on Vimeo.




Here is the final intended idea.



The problem with this sensor is the signal stability. It very rare the the signal is stable, but lucky for the time it was stable we were able to make that video.


<<<<screenshot of signal red>>>>>


Then I got another brainwave sensors From university of UB. The department of Psychology were able to lent me a brainwave sensor ( Thanks to Alfonso).

<<<<image of the brain sensor>>>>

<<< screenshot>>>>

Thanks to David we were able to connect it with MAX-MAP, but it only give junk values. This brainwave sensor uses it’s own software to visualize the data and naturally the values from the sensor send to software via Bluetooth are encrypted. We need to decrypt these values. to make send out of it. A third party software is unable to do that.




So as how much I had wished It’s looks like i won’t be able to use the brainwave sensor for input. I would love see the full level of these brainwave sensors. But maybe NEXT TIME!!!!




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Sonic Water (part-3)

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So this time I finally managed to make the box, make a max max msp patch using microphone as an input, and also find the right speaker for the job. Previously I fried in total 4 speakers.


So here is the Video

IMG 5832 from Arfurqan on Vimeo.

testing of sonic water from Arfurqan on Vimeo.

so this this is how it was done.

On the laptop Max Msp

The max msp patch is really simple. I take the input from microphone scale it from 40 hz to 120 hz. Then I send this information to the speaker to vibrate on that frequency.  here is the patch.



Making The Box

The box is made up of MDF panel. Just got it laser cutted. Glued it together. Sealed it with silicon and painted. The hole in the center is for the speaker. I put latex sheet on the hole so i can put speaker below.




The set up is really. Laptop taking input from microphone, converting it into frequency by using Max-Msp. Then sending it to the speaker.





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untitled (final-project) part 2

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So the work goes on. Before going to the big stuff it was important to do a little test. So I took a plastic container and hacked it. put two contact speakers below it and let the water vibrate on a frequency and see the effect. Here is the video.

IMG 5035 from Arfurqan on Vimeo.


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