* Update March 2020: The last Family and Teen Workshops were cancelled due to Covid-19
The Family Day Workshops
On the Family Day we started to make the instruments out of materials such as air-ducting and car exhaust manifolds. We started to wire them in preparation to receive the electronic musical instruments made at the ‘Teen electronic workshops’.
The Teen Electronic Workshops
We made an amplifier and speaker and a simple electronic instrument called a VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) that will be integrated into the instruments made at the Family Workshops Days.
Below is a typical day of data received from the four monitors (PDF’s). Each monitor took readings at different intervals, ranging from every second to every 30 seconds.
The files give readings of both PM2.5, which is the particulate size considered to be not good for your health. Also there is the PM10 range which is pollen size range.
What you can see is how the readings vary throughout the day. The government monitors give an average over 24 hours for their readings, I thought it would be interesting to see how this splits, so you can see the ‘higher highs’ and ‘lower lows’.
Overall as it was mostly winter the ranges were not as high as one would see in the summer. Sometimes you can see ‘waves’ of passing pollution due to the closeness of the readings, it would be interesting to know what these were, perhaps a badly tuned car or lorry for instance.
I am still going through the files and will continue to upload ones of interest.
* Update 17 March 2020: These workshops have been suspended *
Rachael is currently inviting local teens to collaborate on a new environmental electronic project. Each session participants will learn how to make a different electronic component using found objects which will eventually form part of the Fumifugium Orchestra.
Sunday 15th March, 11am–1pm and 2pm–4pm
Sunday 22nd March, 11am–1pm
Create a microphone out of tin-cans
Build a music amplifier and speaker
Create an instrument controlled by light
The project is based around The Westway, in particular the region between Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road Underground stations.
The Westway is a 2.5-mile (4 km) elevated dual carriageway section of the A40 in West London, running from Paddington in the east to North Kensington in the west. It connects the London Inner Ring Road to West London suburbs.
The road was constructed between 1962 and 1970 to connect the proposed London Ringways motorway scheme to Paddington, and opened as the A40(M). It was the first urban motorway project in London and attracted criticism for the lack of care over the environment, the well-being of local residents and communities, and handling those whose homes would be demolished. Road protests increased following its opening.
The road has become a significant London landmark and has been noted in several works of popular culture. It is referred to in J.G. Ballard’s 1973 novel Crash. The following year’s Concrete Island was set in a junction between motorways, one of which is the Westway.
The Clash referred to the road in “London’s Burning”, and the group’s Joe Strummer described their music as “the sound of the Westway”. The group’s documentary ‘Westway to the World’ is named after the road.