Ultraluminous LED Light and Art Projects

Brian Neltner & Janet Fox

Updated July 23, 2010 with the new Light Brick System!

Table of Contents:

  1. Updates
  2. Purpose
  3. Background
  4. Theory
  5. Work to Date
  6. Media!
  7. Applications and Installations
  8. Light Brick (NEW!)
  9. Ultraluminous Illuminator UV+LED Light Fixture
  10. Design Details and Schematic Downloads
  11. Inquiries, Collaborations, and Contact
  12. About the Artists

Media of the Ultraluminous Illuminator in Action!


From top left to bottom right -- The Ultraluminous Illuminator shining on some artwork in blue (1), yellow (2), and magenta (3). Interesting to note that the camera CCD looks to have better blue sensitivity at the borders than the center, so the color appears to be nonuniform despite it definitely being uniform on the wall. In the middle is "Stained Glass Window" in yellow (4) and blue (5), as well as our wall with two Ultraluminous Illuminators competing against each other (not photoshopped!) (6) On the bottom are the newest painting (7) with a red+green (8) and orange+yellow (9) shining on it.


All videos may be distributed freely with appropriate attribution to myself (Brian Neltner) and my mother (Janet Fox).

"Stained Glass Window"

The soundtrack is my piece "Tuvan Dream", written for the advanced electronic music class (21M.540). You may also download the song by itself.

Painting from 2008-11-03 With Backlight (x264/avi)

Painting from 2008-11-03 Without Backlight (x264/avi)

And here is a video of the Light Brick system being used in conjunction with the Maple system from Leaf Labs programed to be controlled using Mixxx DJ software and the aubio audio analysis library for picking out audio features. Control is done wirelessly using the WiShield wifi board. This controller was designed and built by R.J. Ryan and Perry Hung, fellow MIT alumni and good friends.

Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Kevin "FrostByte" McCormick
LED artist, brother from another mother, and inspiration to us all.
Funded (in part) by a Director's Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT.
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