Noise Machine Ideas

When I think about the phrase ‘noise machine’ I immediately think of some device, a physical device, not electronic.  I feel there must be moving parts.

1.  My first idea is a Kitchen implement device.  I will begin with re-purposed kitchen utensils, perhaps an egg beater would be a nice start for a crank and a spindle, using a single beater.  I want this to be inside something, metal or wood.  The outer part will resonate through either percussive strikes or or scratching.  I would also like there to me metallic debris on the inside that would interact with the modified egg beater inside the noise chamber.  This device would be played by cranking the crank and/or shaking the device.  Different angles of vertical orientation would settle the ‘debris’ in different ways, creating different sets of sounds.

2.  My second idea is a tumbler, similar to that of Bingo!- except inside the tumbler would not be numbers, but simple to more complex objects that individually make a noise when jostled or shook.  The individual shaker/noise makers will be loaded into the tumbler and modulated by the tumbler crank.  The cacophony of sounds will depend on what elements are selected and loaded into the tumbler, and how it is then modulated with the tumbler handle.  I feel anyone who is physically capable is fully qualified to explore and interact with this device.

3. My third idea breaks from the conventions I set out for myself for the first two, as it involves some basic electronics, and really does not generate noise itself, but helps listen to subtle, hard to hear vibrations.  The device is a stethoscope with a microphone attached.  It will be used to listen to drones and hums, existing noise! of machines.  It will be used by placing on the surface of any ‘running’ machine, or even surround architecture.  A building’s architecture is in constant motion – vibration, and motion can represent sound.  Normally these sounds and noises are not heard, or have become a part of the ambient sound of a particular location, by amplifying these sounds/noises lost in the mix of ambient sound, we can hear them for what they are, and begin to appreciate the normally unheard.

-Michael Importico


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