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Singularity Transmissions is a sculpture interactive audio experience. An audio time capsule capturing the burn via tin-can phones

Our Project:

UPDATE: We MADE IT!!!! Thanks to everyones support we now have the funds for all of our AUDIO EQUIPMENT and the GAS to get the project up there. But something this size has more holes to fill. We are working constantly to see that both the project is completed and we have numerous fundraising events in the works to see that we meet our complete funding goals. Its never ending and we have accepted the challenge before us. We will succeed.

Please help us reach our new KICK STARTER goal of $10,500.00 which will get us the required HONDA EU 3000w Generator  to run the expensive audio equipment without blowing out a circuit. 

And thank you for watching :) 

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“Singularity transmissions” is a sculptural interactive tower designed to simultaneously converge the voices of up to 15  individuals into one unified transmission through the use of tin-can phones. The crude analog phone  transmission is recorded digitally  at the towers soundboard apex in real-time and output into a womb-like listening chamber at the towers base. The echoing quality of the purely analog and nostalgic tin can phone brings the participants back to a  simpler thread of humanity. Experiencing  the listening chamber one may pick up the intimate vibrations of a subtle song, a boisterous speech, a declaration of humanity, or screams of exuberance all layered upon each other in a Playa stream of consciousness. If music is the chosen voice, one can plug in to a specially designed tin can phone converter and capture a timeless rhythm that will be heard and remembered in the vast sea that is the Playas voice. 

To follow the theme of 2012 Burning Man Fertility 2.0 we are designing the tower to resemble a flower pistil embracing the base of a transmission tower.  It is the expression of the dichotomy between technology and nature, but in a symbiotic relationship fostering the fertility of ideas. Our underlying hope is that this project will serve as the voice of Burning Man 2012, and carry on into new forms of expression beyond the project and into the hands of the world. We are gifting all the audio to all, and we hope that it will be remixed into music, art, and performance.

Our Needs:

We have been calling this project our triple threat. We are combining monumental sculpture 100'x100' footprint and 40' tall, with audio recording equipment that has the capacity of recording 15 tracks simultaneously, and to top it all off we are going to make it glow our on the playa with 50+ individually controlled lights. As you can imagine this is not gonna be an easy task as this is all coming from down south Texas.  We are here because we need some help. Thankfully the Burning Man Art Organization has provided us an amazing Honorarium Grant to this project, but they don't cover it all.

We are asking for $8,500 which is the bare minimum to see this project to fruition. The vast majority of these funds go to the AUDIO EQUIPMENT and TRANSPORTATION. Our audio needs are extensive as we are recording 22hrs a day for 6 days on up to 15 tracks. Those hard drives add up quick, and those solid state recorders aren't cheap. Transportation is 2,000+ miles one way, and there is  a lot of equipment that needs to come back after it is burned down. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is not a project just for us and our team, its really a project for the entire community of Burning Man and we want you to be a part of it as well.

So please help us out.

PLUS+ we got some awesome stuff to give you!!!!!!!! Check it out....

Vial of Ashes which will be filled after the tower has been burned. Hand written labels

Singularity Transmissions Tin-Can Bandana Design .... Smile :)

T-Shirt Logo. White printed on Black (please specify size S,M,L,XL)

Phonograph Horn. 8"x8"x6" (smallest size) Size may vary.

Pencil Print, 15"x17" Limited Edition Pencil Print Signed by Artist (Design may vary)

$300+ donations will receive an 11"x17" print of the actual sculpture out on the playa, numbered and signed by the team. No guarantees, but we're aiming for a wonderful sunset shot! (Project Rendering by Brey Tucker.)

Walnut Mandala inside pods (concept design). Approximately 12" diameter

Basic Design of POD mock-up sculpture (unfinished)

'Life-Like Structure V' . 46"x46"x13" suspension wheel , Mixed Media 2010

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