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The nine million and twenty second dorkbot-nyc meeting took place on Wednesday, Jaunary 4th at 7pm at Location One in SoHo.

We celebrated Isaac Newton's birthday with a little slide show!

It featured the lovely and talented:

Mikey Sklar: Chipped
Mikey Sklar will be explaining the process he used to install a $2 RFID tag in his left hand. His talk will cover why he choose to do this, the necessary materials, different tag options, and what he and other people have been doing with these tags.
Alyce Santoro: Sonic Fabric
alyce santoro will discuss the evolution of "sonic fabric", an audible textile woven from recycled, recorded audiocassette tape, from its humble beginnings as a work of conceptual art to its potential as a manufactured product with commercial viability. alyce will show pieces made from the material, along with some short videos of sonic fabric works in action. she'll also demonstrate the fabric's sonic properties using a device made from a modified walkman.

Luke DuBois: Billboard
I've been working for the past year or so on a technique called 'time-lapse phonography', which uses a time compression algorithm on sound to allow a large-scale piece of music to be compressed to just a few seconds duration. 'Billboard', my latest piece, uses the technique to compress the entire history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart into a thirty-seven minute piece of music. This allows us to experience literally hundreds of songs in a few minutes, giving us a sort of gestalt aural experience of music history.

Amal posted a bunch of images from the meeting here. Thanks, Amal!

Science & The City podcasts from this meeting

Next meeting: 01 February, 2006

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