Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Rainwire Prototype: An Environmental Sonification System

A set of slides from Balance/Unbalance 2015 paper + two recordings of the new Rainwire prototype referred to in the paper. A PDF download of the paper presentation is available :


For further background on the Rainwire Project please see :




Download the sound recordings for both rain events discussed in this paper :



















Checking wire tension is very important... the wire we use is high grade agricultural stock fencing wire made by Warratah which is specified with an accurate recommended tension and breaking strain.




Sound recordings for both rain events :



Sequence of pictures captured from the local online Wagga Wagga weather radar :









Spectrograms of the two Rainwire Prototype recordings :


Spectral Analysis of a single channel from the 1st 14mins of each recording :












"The Balance-Unbalance 2015 International conference theme, ‘Water, Climate, Place: Re-Imagining Environments’ is aimed to provoke discussion and reflection on how the climate is changing and what our future might hold.  It does so by directing trans-disciplinary thought and action as tools for positive change.

Led by the arts and humanities, Balance-Unbalance 2015 international conference is a three-day conference which will take place March 27-29, 2015 at the ASU Tempe Campus. It brings multiple disciplines together with submissions from 24 countries and a keynote lineup of high profile presenters from business, art, music and acoustic ecology, the Red Cross, water research and community engagement with rain forest initiatives in South America.

The intersections between nature, art, science, new technologies, aid agencies and society are formed with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary initiatives using innovative art and technology to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges. "