Electronic instruments, mechanical sculptures, robots etc. by David Cranmer
10th March 2014
Just received some PCBs in the post, designed using the free Fritzing software - highly recommended! The photo shows a custom Arduino Mega shield with 14 MOSFETs, which will allow a load of LED strips to be faded using PWM. The delivery even came with stickers!
4th March 2014
I am currently working on some exciting projects, but in the meantime here is a photo of a dancing chicken:
19th January 2014
Two hundred copper coils to teach children about electromagnetism.
9th January 2014
Pigeon message containers.
12th December 2013
Four octaves of chromatically tuned hooting - the Owl Organ in Berlin. Plus a splendid video of owly Christmas songs!
8th December 2013
A look around Oskar Sala's Mixtur-Trautonium...
20th November 2013
Just received an Adafruit "Trinket" in the post. It's a microcontroller that's absolutely tiny, but that still does a lot of cool stuff. Here it is running the space invader example code on an 8X8 LED matrix... it can apparently store around 320 animation frames.
30th October 2013
A talk and demonstration of the Rave Kestrel at the RCA this week. Let me know if you would like to organise something similar.
21st October 2013
Just spent a week at the Frieze London art fair, looking after the technical side of Ken Okiishi's motorised paintball installation. This man, an unknown visitor, had golden shoes!
9th October 2013
An interesting duck related commission.
12th September 2013
Sequencing light project for Twigs...
13th September 2013
Rapid Electronics have just uploaded a "customer profile" for me, which you can read here. Rapid really are great for electronic components - I'm not just trying to get them to send me a free T-shirt.
12th September 2013
Fans of wireless transmission systems and Spike Milligan might appreciate this photo sent by my brother earlier this evening:
2nd August 2013
Fantastic wall mounted cross stitch synth collaboration with Pete Fowler!
19th June 2013
Owl Theremin - more details here.
18th May 2013
An LED suit for Leo Messi, used in a visually stunning new advert for Adidas. I wired up two suits at the workshop of Machine Shop Special Effects Ltd, and looked after them on the fairly high pressure shoot in Barcelona. ML Studios created the spectacular post production trailing light effects. I only worked on the electronic elements of this project - obviously there was a large team of other people involved.
13th May 2013
Pyramid shaped synthesisers are certainly in this season! Just finished a new project for Jay Gambit, with glowing hexagons, constructed in between repeated work visits to Spain.
Click here for photos and video...
12th May 2013
I have three PAiA Theremax kits currently being assembled. Let me know if you want a custom theremin.
29th March 2013
A delivery of a big box of audio transformers? That can mean only one thing - more ring modulators on the way.
Email if you're interested - they are £65 including shipping to anywhere.
19th January 2013
At last, it's the Rave Kestrel!
22nd January 2013
Two self-contained interactive audio systems, designed to last outdoors and survive being repeatedly poked at by members of the public. Battery powered, waterproof (including speakers) and with a large amount of programmable options, these units still had a quick turnaround.
The sound files included were of Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer. Get in touch if you need a robust custom audio system fabricated.
2nd January 2013
On December 31st the BBC broadcast Jools Holland's Annual Hootenanny, which featured one of the pyramid synths being played by Richard Russell, with Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn, and Jools' Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. You can watch the footage here
31st October 2012
Finally visited The Horrors' studio today for the Pyramid Synth handover. This project was completed earlier this year, but has been top secret until today - quite fittingly All Hallows' Evening. Two custom synthesisers: another collaboration with Pete Fowler, commissioned by XL Recordings, more details here!
23rd October 2012 - "Amazing Duracell Bunny LED Light Sculpture"
Just finished making a giant glowing bunny for Duracell...
19th October 2012
A small selection of recent projects at the fabulous workshop of Machine Shop special effects have included an enormous flamethrower, pneumatic seesaw, and the execution of a schoolboy: click here
11th July 2012
Two drink-dispensing musical machines for Southern Comfort.
These were part of the Southern Comfort Juke-Joint festival tour, which went on to win "Best Brand Activation" at the UK2012 Festival Awards.
4th April 2012
Wonderful new video of the Badgermin, featuring theremin virtuoso with grand piano accompaniment!
3rd April 2012
1st January 2012
2nd January 2012
A theremin built into a taxidermy badger - The Badgermin.
Photos and video here
10th December 2011
Sets for TV built this year.
9th December 2011
MIDI-controlled pneumatic drumming machine prototype - photos and video
8th December 2011
Stones made out of expanding rubber foam - photos here
27th November 2011
At long last a few photos of Kinetica 2011
"Kinetica Art Fair is produced by Kinetica Museum and is the first of its kind in the UK. It provides collectors, curators and the public with a unique opportunity to view and purchase artworks from leading contemporary arts organisations and artists specialising in kinetic, electronic, robotic, light, sound, time-based and interdisciplinary new media art."
15th November 2011
Collaboration with Pete Fowler - electronic Van Orlax
4th October 2011
New batch of ring modulator effects boxes for sale - pretend to be a Dalek!
18th June 2011
Interesting conference 2011
IF ANYONE HAS AUDIO / VIDEO / PHOTOS OF THE HACK CIRCUS / INTERESTING CONFERENCE 2011 NINE OWLS IN A BAGUETTE PERFORMANCE PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
Apologies for the capital letters. Email address is dave (at) this website.
27th April 2011
Calculator Orrery - a mechanical model of the universe represented by rotating vintage calculators.
23rd April 2011
16th April 2011
27th January 2011
9 Owls in a Baguette gig last night:
12th December 2010
6th December 2010
Just finished a monster helpline sound installation for the Ministry of Stories.
You can play with it at Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, 159 Hoxton Street, London, every Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm
22nd October 2010
Resonance 104.4 FM programme Un Bruit / Une Melodie: Anne Duffau and Patrick Furness present a show about Sound Art focused on Performances and Installations, with a different guest every week.
This week's guest, David Cranmer.
30th September 2010
Radio controlled audio car installation photos from earlier this year