blog :. joão costa

@ Interactive Telecommunications Program

Month: February, 2015

kinetic challenge : progress

Craig and I have been working on a gearbox that will be our mechanism for this challenge. We’ll eventually attach some weights to the big gear in order to make it run by itself. But, before doing this, we’ve assembled a couple of prototypes that allowed us to perceive the issues that this approach my […]

final project progress

After realising that extracting sounds out of growing mycelium might be a difficult task, Jordan and I are planning to investigate the conceptual side of this act instead of trying to pursue a more technical and straight-forward path. In that way, we came up with some pertinent questions that can be faced as guidelines to […]

Untitled (Silence)

For the Week 2 assignment I explored implementation by recording the ‘silence’ in different ambiences. It is noteworthy how the size of the room, acoustics, or background noises interfere in what is supposed to be the silence. It enhances the primary sound gesture, that is listening. Working with silence is always sinuous due to it’s […]



fungus . project proposal

Jordan and I came up with a work that will exist to evidence an aspect of fungi that would otherwise be unnoticed: the sound. We are moving towards the creation of our own ecological environment, that’ll inhabit an acrylic enclosure. Inside that ‘terrarium’ of mycelium, we plan to spread a couple of contact microphones – […]

Ideas for Final Project

On Feb 1, 2015, at 6:42 PM, Jordan Backhus <> wrote: For curiosity’s sake, I think — either way — we should record the acoustics of our mycological growths in an anechoic chamber or the like; the results could be fascinating, and I am curious what we’ll discover, though I imagine our soundtrack will sound […]