San Francisco’s Wave Organ

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the eastern edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, a tiny spit of land juts into the bay. If you walk out to the end, you can see San Francisco’s skyline on one side and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other.

The view alone is worth a journey, but the little peninsula offers more than scenery. It’s also the home of a San Francisco wonder, the Wave Organ.


The Singing Tree of Burnley

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Project Scope

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In this project we have been instructed to create a device that exploits sound in some way. The area of interest that we have taken into consideration is nature. These are things like waves, wind, the sounds that trees make, ect. These natural processes go unused and are almost never harnessed. We would like to harness nature’s natural sounds and use them in our project. There is so much energy and power behind the might of nature but we cannot visualise it on a piece of paper, this is a form of understanding that is necessary to some people. Through this project we hope to allow people to interact more with their natural environment in a way that they can understand. We will research the market to see what devices are already out there tackling this problem then we will go out into the world and ask how to solve the problem ourselves. We wish for our device to be small and compatible but also to be somewhat interesting to interact with. A small white box just won’t do us, we want something that has a “wow” factor. We are all very excited about this project and are interested to see where it takes us.

Pyrotechnics Video

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   Once we had decided on group roles we then moved swiftly into the brainstorming stage. As we knew that we needed to incorporate sound into the design (either in the input or output) we decided to start there. We took a large piece of paper and split it in half, the left for input and the right for outputs. (This page can be seen in the top left and middle)

   We soon came up with very many ideas for things that could work in our design. We all liked the idea of having a natural input, things like lunar, solar, wave and wind. We also liked the idea of an attractive sculpture.

   Once we had brainstormed a little we decided to go down to the library and get out some interaction design books for inspiration. We looked through a good few different books and found that ‘DESIGNING INTERACTIONS’ by Bill Moggridge to be one of the most useful, so we took a copy up to the studio and used it to start generating ideas.

   Once we had enough inspiration we moved onto another large sheet of paper that we titles ‘Ideas’. This page was the one that would house our initial ideas, (This page can be seen in the top right). The idea exercise is just to get our thought process started as we have to intention of coming up with a final idea this early and without thorough research.

Project Start

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At the start of every successful project there is a team, and within that team there is a set of skills. These skills need to be attuned to working together in harmony. So as individuals we grouped together in a way that we see fit. Within the first half of our first studio session we had formed your groups, and so this blog will be used as a journal to keep all our thoughts and research in an organised easy to read place.

The Team members are as follows:   Finlay Page

James MacPherson

Euan Sinclair