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 :






Monday, 5 October 2015

Rainwire Prototype [18 June 2015] - Recording & Pictures




A test recording of rainfall on the Rainwire Prototype : 18th June 2015 at The Wired Lab, NSW, Australia. This recording was made using an Olympus LS-100 field recorder using the 2 piezo pickups mounted on the wire. 



A selection of pictures from this recording session. The altitude is about 650 metres above sea level, so there are some very spectacular views of changing rain cloud formations.



Friday, 2 October 2015

Rainwire Prototype - Piezo Contact Mics

Assorted pictures of the first set of piezo contact mics I've custom built for the Rainwire Prototype in January 2015. The green piezoelectric bimorph element converts mechanical vibration into an electrical signal (RS Part Number 285-784).


Thursday, 1 October 2015

RAINWIRE PROTOTYPE - AEOLIAN TONES [TASCAM DR-70D 1st Test 16-Sept-2015]

A test recording of Aeolian Tones on the Rainwire Prototype : 16th Sept 2015 at The Wired Lab, NSW, Australia. This recording was made using the new Tascam DR-70D multi track field recorder using the 2 piezo pickups mounted on the wire. 





Acknowledgements: Rainwire Prototype is supported by Australia Council for the Arts and The Wired Lab

Rainwire Prototype [Wire Span Construction Nov 2014]

Some assorted pictures of the Rainwire Prototype construction back in November 2014 by David Burraston and local fencing contractor John Fitzgerald. This stage of construction was after the reclaimed electricity poles had been sawn to height and sunk into concrete in their chosen locations.

The pictures show the construction and tensioning of the fencing wire that forms Rainwire Prototype's 180 metre span. The wire span is tensioned by a fence strainer at the Woolshed pole and out on a hill in the paddock is the 'fixed end'.

For an introduction to the Rainwire Project and to hear sound recordings please visit this page.

Pole in paddock that will form the 'fixed end'

Pole in paddock that will form the 'fixed end' + fencing wire on spinner