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Lorenzo Bravi’s “Hit the Beat” is a drum machine that turns any small physical object into a percussion instrument. Of course, any kid with a few pots and pans knows you can drum on anything — “Hit the Beat” really shines because it accepts MIDI input, meaning it will play preprogrammed beats one person couldn’t […]

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Remixing a Biggie Smalls song by playing Tetris. Using a joystick to update a website’s design in real time. Playing Mario with a synthesizer. They sound like scenarios from some hacker fantasyland, but Providence-based artist Chris Novello has done them all. Novello works with a homebuilt device called illucia, which allows him to treat programs […]

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There’s a small lamp made by Milan-based web designer Vittorio Cucolo currently on view at the New Museum’s exhibition “Adhocracy.” It’s nice. But it isn’t just a nice lamp — this inexpensive IKEA Lampan has been transformed to accurately access your mood and change the color of its light based completely on your facial expression, in real time. This mildly creepy effect […]

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Using an XY Plotter, a few LED lights and a laboriously programmed Arduino microprocessor, artist Stephen Cartwright has created a series of long exposure photos based on his own exact GPS-location data since 1999. Since the inception of Cartwright’s latitude and longitude recording project, he has searched for appropriate ways to visualize this massive collection of data […]

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