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Photography and illustration by Michael F. Zbyszynski

ELECTRONIC CRICKETS

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Create a nighttime chorus by modifying solar yard lamps.

By Michael F. Zbyszynski

Much of my creative work as a composer and sound artist relies on multimedia computers to generate and manipulate sound. Unfortunately, this method has a limitation: I need plenty of electricity, preventing me from installing art in parks and outdoor spaces without AC power.

Rather than ignore such opportunities, I started thinking about solar power. It was David Zicarelli (of Max/MSP fame, ...

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