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Turbidatron and Bubble Synth

The millhouse is home to Owl Project’s beautiful, hand crafted, electro-acoustic musical machinery. There are three inter- connected sonic instruments which mix traditional craft and digital innovation. They draw water from the River Tyne, passing it through a series filters, lasers and sensors, which bubble, beep, hiss, creak and groan. Owl Project has designed a series of Log interfaces to alter the sounds the instruments make.

The Salinity Sampler Sequencer, with its wooden conveyor belt and electronic sensors, makes a tune from the last 12 hours of tide by storing and playing hourly river water samples. The Bubble Synth and giant overhead Bellows create sounds from resonating bubbles, controlled by the chemical composition of the river.

A laser Turbidatron generates sounds according to the turbidity or muddiness of the water. Gears and cranks drive a laser which emits a beam of light through the water, creating real-time sound in response to the river. 

Turbidatron

A laser Turbidatron generates sounds according to the turbidity or muddiness of the water. Gears and cranks drive a laser which emits a beam of light through the water, creating real-time sound in response to the river. 

Salinity Sampler Sequencer

Salinity Sampler Sequencer

The Salinity Sampler Sequencer, with its wooden conveyor belt and electronic sensors, makes a tune from the last 12 hours of tide by storing and playing hourly river water samples, with salt levels controlling the instrument's pitch.

Bubble Synth + Bellows

The Bubble Synth and giant overhead Bellows create sounds from resonating bubbles, controlled by the chemical composition of the river.