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Loving this build by Dennis P Paul, an instrument that uses the profile of everyday objects to trigger loops.

I have been busy running through ideas for automated instruments I could use to enrich my performances at open mic nights. One of the main points of interest for me is percussion as it is usually quite over looked at open mic nights apart from the occasional set of bongos. I have been drawing up sketches for a snare drum played using dropping marbles and also for a cassette player hack. The main hurdle for any automated instrument is how will it be sequenced to play itself. Last night I sat down for a while and coded a very very basic sequencer in processing that controlled an Arduino with Firmata installed. There is nothing fancy about the code but I believe this will be a good solid starting point for most of the automated instruments I could ever imagine. There are some images below of the basic setup and a video of the sequencer on the screen and the Arduino carrying out the sequence using LED’s. I am quite happy to publish the source code on request.

The last couple of months after graduating have been rather “interesting!” I have been employed as a bin man, labourer and multidrop van man. These jobs have served their purpose as to paying off much of my immediate debt but they didn’t leave me oozing with creativity or bursting with innovative ideas. Things have taken a radical change for the better as I am about to enter the realms of perpetual studentism! I am going back to uni but this time instead of paying for the pleasure the uni is going to pay me. I have accepted a job as a technical instructor for new media at Falmouth University and I can’t wait to start. It is vital for me to keep upto date with new media and technology developements so I have decided… no more neglecting my blog!

here’s a little something to tease the technology taste buds and kick start a new beginning for this blog:

The Talking Piano was conceived and built by Peter Ablinger. Utilising Fourier analysis and an automated piano Ablinger is able to recreate speech. The speech is a little distorted but with the help of captions the speech is very recognizeable.

Making sound using the graphite from a pencil to continue the flow of electricity. The video is all a bit cheesy but the idea is very cool.  There is a nice bit where the current flows between two people each holding a drawdio. The Drawdio is based on a 555timer though by the name i thought it was another arduino project ( read the comments ) 😛

check out how to make the Drawdio and where to buy the kits HERE

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