Simon Blackmore - LSD Drive
Blackmore's custom-built LSD Drive is able to read lost data on
apparently useless CDs, and process it using a program written in the Open
Source software, SuperCollider. Light Sensitive Disk Drive is a fully functioning
prototype hardware/software product that explores ideas of technological
progress, technological waste and its environmental impact. CDs in various
states of degradation can be played on the drive to produce different
sounds from the lost areas of data.
Blackmore is based in Manchester. Since
2001, he has been reinventing the function or image of culturally iconic
objects and products to make sculptures that are presented in a range of
social contexts. Projects include converting a caravan into a gallery,
making audio laptops from logs, making a machine to play a guitar according
to the weather and turning a pole lathe into a musical instrument.