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Logos Electronics Laboratory

At Logos Foundation in Ghent, we have a well equipped laboratory for design and construction of music related electronic hardware (digital and analog). After all, the strongest point in our 'electronic' reputation has always been in the area of the development of new and original instruments, hardware user interfaces and equipment for interactive musical applications.

Although it is mostly used by Godfried-Willem Raes for his research projects in the realms of alternative musical instruments based on remote movement sensing and automation, it is open to anyone with knowledge and ideas in this area. Godfried-Willem Raes has been a pioneer in the design of human interfaces for new and experimental instruments since the early seventies of the 20th century. Automation of musical instruments is another focal point in the research activities typical for this laboratory.

All standard measuring equipment is available (function generators, precision power supplies, oscilloscopes, computers with ADC/DAC cards, spectrum analysers, frequency counters, voltage standard cells and high resolution voltmeters, logic testers and probes, LCR and impedance meters...) as well as all equipment required for building modern circuits (etching tools, board design software and simulators, drills, lots of components standard as well as SMD and high precision...).

People wanting to use the lab will have to submit a project and have to pass a technical and theoretical test prior to acceptance. Since our government does not want to support us by providing us with a full time techician/engineer, so the only person in the house who can help you out would be Godfried...

However, there are plans in the future to start a more intense collaboration with the department for electronics and engineering at the university college. In the past we had students from the engineering department, working here on digital audio projects on DSP platforms. Applications under development have been: digital ringmodulators, pitch to midi convertors (Johannes Taelman), vocoders, radar sensing devices, pressure controllers...

People working in the Logos Lab: Godfried-Willem Raes, Johannes Taelman, Bert Schiettecatte, Kristof Lauwers, Yvan Vander Sanden, Laura Maes, Hans Roels, Hans Denayer, Hans Beckers, Luk Vaes, Mattias Parent

Instruments developed in our Lab:

Ongoing and recent research activities in the lab:

  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
    period: april - june 1999
    topic: design and construction of high precision ultrasonic condenser microphones for the frequency range 80 to 240kHz. These will we used in the newest versions of the authors 'Invisible Instrument', a project he has been working on for more than 25 years now.


  • researcher: Johannes Taelman & Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
    period: july - september 1999
    topic: development of an Analog Devices DSP based polyphonic pitch to midi convertor.


  • researcher: Dick Raaijmakers & Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
    period: october - november 1999
    topic: design and building of a new optical matrix mixer for the performance of Dick Raaijmakers 'Elektries Strijkkwartet' to be performed by Champ d'Action.


  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
    period: december 2000-january 2001
    topic: holosound version for <Slow Sham Rising> by Godfried-Willem Raes


  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes & Kristof Lauwers
    period: august 2000- april 2001
    topic: development of low level software for the automated percussion project <Slag-Werk>


  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes & Kristof Lauwers
    period: july 2001- september 2001
    topic: development of low level software for the automated percussion: <Rotomoton> and <Vibi> as well as development of the <GMT> software project.
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes & Kristof Lauwers
  • period: november 2001- january 2002
    topic: development of software for the invisible instrument for the Brussels Instrument Museum (MIM)
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes, Kristof Lauwers & Bert Vandekerckhove
  • period: december 2001- april 2002
  • topic: design and construction of a small automated carillon: <Belly>
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: september 2002- january 2003
  • topic: design and construction of a system of automated singing saws: <Flex>
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: january - may 2003
  • topic: design and development of a radar based gesture controlled invisible instrument: <Quadrada>
  • researcher: Johannes Taelman and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: november 2003- december 2004
  • topic: design and development of a PIC controller for automats taking midi input directly.
  • researcher: Johannes Taelman and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: may 2004- august 2004
  • topic: design and development of a PIC controller for radar data acquisition usefull as a direct midi controller
  • researcher: Bert Schiettecatte and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: september 2004- march 2005
  • topic: design and development of a DSP based gesture analyser for radar and/or sonar.
  • researcher: Sebastian Bradt and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: april 2005 - june 2006 : microtonality
  • topic: design and development of quartertone instruments and their implementation in musical performances with musicians.
  • collaborative project: Hogeschool Gent, department of music and drama and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: september 2005 - march 2008
  • topic: design and development of a quartertone organ-like instrument <Qt>
  • collaborative project: Hogeschool Gent, department of music and drama and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes and Johannes Taelman
  • period: march 2008 - september 2011
  • topic: design and development of automated string instruments: <aeio>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, department of music and drama and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: july 2009 - september 2009
  • topic: design and development of invisible instruments using the microwave K-band (24GHz)
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, department of music and drama and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes and Troy Rogers
  • period: september 2009- july 2010
  • topic: design and development of vocal robots
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, department of music and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes and Walter Maene
  • period: may 2011 - december 2011
  • topic: design and development of an automated spinet
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, department of music and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Laura Maes and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: june 2011 - december 2011
  • topic: design and development of Ijspaleis
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, School of arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Luk Vaes and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: may 2012 - october 2012
  • topic: design and development of the performance tools for 'Taktil' and 'Unter Strom' by Mauricio Kagel
  • collaborative project: Orpheus Institute (ORCIM) and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Luk Vaes and Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: february 2013 - march 2013
  • topic: restauration of an old guitar organ (Vox Guitar) made in 1966, used in Mauricio Kagel's 'Unter Strom'. Report.
  • collaborative project: Orpheus Institute (ORCIM) and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes and students Stijn Smeets, Tim Deurinck and Thomas Strypsteen
  • period: october 2012 - april 2013
  • topic: design and development of an automated temble block playing robot: <Temblo>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, HoGent, School of Arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: march 2013 - june 2013
  • topic: design and development of an automated french horn: <Horny>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, HoGent, School of Arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: may 2013 - july 2013
  • topic: design and development of an automated alto saxophone: <Asa>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, HoGent, School of Arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researcher: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes
  • period: july 2013 - december 2013
  • topic: research on cavity resonators, leading to the development of a whisper robot: <Whisper>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, HoGent, School of Arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes, Johannes Taelman, Mattias Parent
  • period: december 2013 - april 2014
  • topic: research on clamped rods, leading to the development of a <Rodo> robot: <Rodo>
  • collaborative project: Associatie Universiteit Gent, HoGent, School of Arts and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes, Mattias Parent
  • period: june 2016- oktober 2016
  • topic: research on mmbrane driven pipes, leading to the development of a <HybrLo> robot: <HybrLo>
  • collaborative project: Universiteit Gent and Logos Foundation.
  • researchers: Dr.Godfried-Willem Raes, Dr.Luk Vaes
  • period: november 2016
  • topic: research on legacy electronics: tape recorders, analog synthesizers, radio technology
  • collaborative project: Orpheus Institute (Hipex) and Logos Foundation.

 

 

 

 
 
Last updated: 2016-11-09