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.
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.
- Regular Expression
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.
- A randomizer which pans around the world randomly playing sounds as it goes.
- 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.
Video of BeatBearing Tangible Rhythm Sequencer