Experimental Form Radio
TEam: individual project
class: experimental form
duration: spring 2017 - 3 weeks
Create a radio that is controlled through unique interactions and form. I created a maple and walnut wood radio that utilizes hematite magnetic metal balls via Arduino programming.
I was initially inspired by the planetary orbitals but eventually started looking at the horizon line and how the sun and moon sit in relationship to the earth. I did a few sketches and then moved towards painting in order to exaggerate the quick strokes and lineweights that brushes produce.
Once I figured out the final form, I had help from Jesse Klein in programming the Arduino I had purchased. I hooked up the Arduino to the reed switches and load cell using a plastic breadboard before soldering everything together.
I tested the power of the hematite magnetic balls to make sure it could penetrate the maple hardwood top of the radio. I also had to make sure that the walnut base could fit everything needed, which would include all the arduino boards, speakers, and wires.
I first created the walnut base in order to contain all the hardware. I laser cut a speaker grill in each of the sides before gluing everything together except for the bottom piece, which was connected via magnets so it could be removable.
I glued together the walnut sides before embedding small magnets in the bottom. I then oiled the wood before starting on the top maple piece. I laser cut the side pieces out of acrylic in order to shape the wood before sanding down the curved profiles. I also utilized the CNC machine to create the top holes where the hematite ball would sit.
I had to wire everything and ensure that all the hardware would fit together. After finishing the radio, I presented in an open discussion presentation of my work for the Experimental Form class.