Thursday, March 31, 2005
Seven modified, high performance Fire Rats took on the Rat Baja 10, a treacherous ten foot track at the Fishbon Event Lab. When they were topped off with fondue fuel and set loose pitted against each other in a life and death survival struggle. Some sported bizarre headgear and costumes. There were no clear winners and all were eliminated in the the subsequent showdown. No roses were awarded. But much fin was had by all. Later in the evening, after sampling a bottle of Joseph Stalin's favorite wine, Event Lab denizens switched to Personal Disorientation Headgear. Based on periscope technology, headgear presents unusual viewing options (one eye forward, one eye back, etc.) More innovations to come next week.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Two projects converged on Wednesday, March 23rd at Fishbon Event Lab. The Surround Sound experience was enclosed in a mirror and projectable fabric enclosure for a visual as well as sound experience. Musical input was run through Jean's DJ mixing board and combined with his own tracks. Not satisfied with an already cool expereince, Lab members discussed ways to create 360 degree strobed sound by spinning a cluster of digitally switched speakers. After fears of decapitation were assuaged, plans for a prototype were begun. On a separate front, Michael and Don worked on a 3-D Mirror World that could be entered by up to 6 people. The results could be mind altering. Stay tuned.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Wednesday, March 16th was another audio extravaganza with a full Surround Sound experience and Digitalker medley. Alan brought 6 speakers mounted on stands and positioned them around a chair at ear level. A microphone was then fed into digital effects boxes and speaker sequencer to produce strange audio that moved from speaker to speaker around the circle. When Steve and other daredevils donned a Fishbon Stunt Suit in signature orange and took the sound challenge they experienced 360 degree musical and audio effects. When the Digitalker was added by Event Lab artists the effect was ethereal. Dominique then added a Digitalker dialogue in three languages, Alex contributed original compositions from his laptop and Ronit and Carolyn sang into the effects altered microphone. The experience was mesmerizing. In a related development, Jeffrey demoed his secret LED enhanced attache case complete with color controls and hip surveillance look.