herramienta.digital | Pablo Somonte Ruano


Pablo Somonte Ruano


Pablo Somonte Ruano (Mexico City, 1992). Multimedia worker, filemaker and cryptoexplorer.

I'm interested in topics in the intersection of technology, design and society: generative systems, moving images, participation, free software, cryptography and p2p networks.

Right now I'm working in deriva.mx a transmedia project approaching structural violence in Mexico through cinema and interaction. I also teach a university course at CENTRO, Networks and Systems: Politics and Economics. Download the study plan and the class presentations (in spanish).

I also make music, for my personal project Párvulos and sometimes for commissioned work. Download my EP: Palabra, recently released in VAA (Varios Artistas).

Social networks: personal instagram, instagram for herramienta.digital, twitter, github.

Download my CV.

Write me at x@pablo.sx

Temperamental Radio | 2014

Modified radio that changes station according to the level of light.

Tools: Electronics, laser cut, 3D print, Arduino.

Collective Exhibition: Feria Hacedores CDMX. (Maker's Fair) Plaza Tlaxcoaque, Mexico City.

The temperamental radio is a common FM radio modified with a LDR (light dependent resistor) to change the frequency tuned by the device according to the level of light. Both radio waves and light waves are manifestation of the electromagnetic field, in a sense, the modified radio functions as a tangible relation between this two systems, one that we usually associate with a sound event (radio waves) and the other a visual event (light).

The radio is perfect for enjoying sunsets with spontaneous remixes, to watch TV in a dark room for a cacophony session or to use with the included programmable light to enjoy a sequence of random cumbia, propaganda and bad news.