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A beautiful way of getting your music out into the community.

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The video above is a proof of concept for a kinect guitar pedal project I have begun in collaboration with Jem Mackay another technical instructor at UCF. The general plan is to use the kinect controller to trigger as much functionality as possible within the software Logic Mainstage. MainStage is capable of doing some awesome things such as live loop recording, backing track control and the main feature which intend to utilise which is the live guitar effects processing. From the video above I intend to work on the sensitivity of the pedal so that using the pedal feels more tangible. The pedals functionality is pointless if it does not perform fast and accurately enough to fulfil the needs of the live performer. Eventually it might be good to add some sort of visual feedback to show where the pedals are. This could be done using a mini projector to project the pedal boundaries and the function on to the floor where the guitarist is standing.

For a while now I have been messing around with what I have called a domestic appliance sequencer. I think I have photos of it on this blog (the start of it). I have not had time to improve it or work on the software and now youtube user arcattack has beaten me to it. The project is very effective though there are some very impressive, percussive sounds being produced.

Touche mr arcattack!

A morning spent murdering Nirvana – come as you are.

A couple of months ago a good friend bought me a stylophone for my birthday. I had a blast snarling out noises that were close to songs we all know and love. unfortunately due to my clumsy inaccurate nature I have never managed to play a whole song at the correct tempo with out playing wrong notes. The novelty soon wore off and the stylophone was left to gather dust on a shelf in my office.

I have a list of tasks as long as my arm to do at work but this morning when I got in the motivation levels were at an all time low. Instead of doing anything useful I decided it was time time to put the stylophone to good use. Knowing that my ability to  manipulate the stylus over those circuit board keys was never gonna improve I decided I would cheat and automate the circuit connections that are made when the stylus connects with one of the keys.

The video attached shows the result of todays procrastination. So far I have only automated 10 of the keys direct from the arduino.if I get time in the near future I will extend its functionality using an 8bit shift register so that the arduino can play all the keys. I also intend to write a processing sketch interface so that inputting songs is easier and more intuitive (and not murderous to classic rock songs).

Written using swype on htc feature hd

Just found this video on nextNature.net:

I love the lengths Diego goes inorder to get interesting sounds.

project by Georg Reil and Kathy Scheuring, January 2010
University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

This project was built using Arduin and processing.org. The project has a beautifully unique and playful take on sound manipulation. I especially love the bucket but you will have to watch it to know what i mean!

This made me smile so I thought i would post it. One of the projects I am working on at the minute is a snare drum that is played using marbles dropping from shoots. I had been wondering how to return the marbles to the top of the shoot until I saw this video posted on hackaday.com. Its such a simple idea I cant wait to see if it will work for my project!

I have almost finished a project which I have been working on for the last few months so i thought it was about time I posted it up here. The website is written for Peter Cusack of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Art & Performance). He approached me looking for an online database to show case sounds around major cities in the UK (which eventually turned into the world) and here is the result:  The Sound Database

There are a few bugs and usability features that I am working on but the base of the site pretty much finished.

The site uses a number of different languages and API to achieve the end result.

Languages-

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • AJAX
  • Regular Expression

API:

This is the first time i have coded something this complicated and i am fairly pleased with the results. Next i hope to add some extra functionality to the site.

  1. A randomizer which pans around the world randomly playing sounds as it goes.
  2. A walk though feature whereby the user can draw a line though the sounds. An icon will drive the path of the line playing sounds in close proximity. Sounds will pan to the left if they are on the left and right if they are on the right.

There are three main reasons why i love this project. Firstly the switches are ingenious. They look to be made out of washers cut in half and separated then as the ball bearing is placed down it connects the two half’s and joins the circuit together. Its so simple that is brilliant.

The second reason i like this project so much is that it uses the old CRT type screen. If you ever go to a dump you will see plenty of these thrown to waste replaced by the more convenient TFT monitor. Its nice to see the old monitors being put to use, i have always thought that the CRT screen would make an awesome base to a coffee table (project coming soon).

I also love that the interface is placed directly above the screen making it possible for the interface to react and change colour throughout the experience. I found this project on the MAKE magazine blog. The Make blog has more information on the build and techniques used for communicating with the computer so if this interests you take a look there as well.

Links:

Peter Bennet

Video of BeatBearing Tangible Rhythm Sequencer

Just found this awesome java applet that has the potential to convert any picture to sound. Check out some of the pictures already defined on this site they actually sound quite good in an odd sort of way. Would be awesome to some how link this to a web cam so the sound could change on the fly. In theory A dancer could be placed in front of the web cam with a routine could produce a rather structured piece of music.

Find the applet HERE

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