Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Dave’s Auduino

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The Auduino has been a great project to learn about Arduino hardware and software – and in the process find out a lot more about basic electronics and various components, prototyping, fabrication techniques and source suitable suppliers etc.

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Even though the project is relatively simple I’ve done what I normally try to do – aside from getting fairly obsessive/compulsive – make something refined but within imitations. It’s intended as a ‘thank you’ for Dave Mee from Madlab who lent me this Arduino Starter Kit for an Arduino Workshop way back in February 2010.

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Auduino and onwards…

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

My SparkFun components arrived… taking 9 days from order in the US… but since I thought I’d build Dave Mee an Auduino as a thank you for lending me his Arduino kit I bought some additional 4.7k linear rotary pots, knobs and an audio jack socket from Maplin for an equitable £9.95 in the interim. They’re chunkier – but chassis fitting.

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So I had a good day at Fablab Manchester on Friday…
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Modular Music Box

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’m currently researching how to make and control sound with an Arduino as well as sourcing possible components for the mooted Monomatic Modular Music Box for the “Analogue is the new Digital” exhibition as part of AND Festival in October.

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With a total budget of £400 solutions and parts need to be cheap & cheerful – yet do the job…

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Kinetic Nodal Sequencer – KiNoSeq

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I’ve been following Hans Kuder’s flexible, nodal music sequencer Tiction for a while – and while there’s not been much development recently – I think it has plenty of unrealised potential. So much so that I’ve been thinking about how to develop an original application – one inspired by Tiction – but that realises the multi-touch capabilities of the iPad.

There are other emerging nodal sequencing applications – most notably:

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A long overdue momome.org update

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve spent a bit of time browsing and catching up with developments at the monome.org community site – though I’m always interested to see what’s been going on – and typically a few things caught my eye:

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MonoControl – “an adaptable and flexible midi control application written in Processing for Ableton Live (or any other DAW) which, if configured correctly, should report all controller changes to MonoControl which then adjusts the LEDs on the monome. The app uses the buttons of the far rhs column of the monome to navigate through 8 different pages – and in each you can create combinations of faders, crossfader, x-y faders, push, toggle and note buttons and button matrixes – all stored in an an xml file.” (my somewhat edited version of the app description)…

This is exactly what I’ve been hoping to develop myself using Nick Rothwell’s shado…so I started to implement it into my Mirror2 real-time video processing Processing sketch and it’s working well…

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Nintendo Gameboy Advance Emulation for the iPod Touch

Sunday, October 18th, 2009
As part of the recent Cybersonica 09 Road Trip I was in Liverpool for Interface Amnesty organised by SoundNetwork.

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“Inspired by a trade fair scene in the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film “The Conversation”, jumble sales and the excellent Make magazine maker faires, Interface Amnesty plays with the conventions of interface design, music technology products and the presentation of interactive art.“

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Latest Processing, Director, Tiction/mrmr etc. developments…

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

…as well as Nick Rothwell’s shado, SevenUpLive…

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My functionality developments for the Mirror2 patch by Daniel Shiffman.

Processing

As with my previous experiments with Flash I think that selecting Processing found and library examples I like and then extending their functionality will be a good way to develop my coding skills…

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Owl Project m-Log workshop

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

on Friday, 13th February I attended the Owl Project m-Log workshop at FACT in Liverpool and spent a thoroughly enjoyable (though quite intense and tiring day) building my own m-Log from the supplied kit.

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the m-Log kit

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Like a kid in a (monome) sweet shop…

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

With my monome 64 due to arrive imminently I’ve been browsing the monome website for sparkly things I particularly like the look of…

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Starting with Ableton Live…

1. drumwreck by anton hornquist – website & youtube demo

monome step sequencer in maxmsp/live

Early days for this app… which seems both intuitive and ergonomic… and even works using the ‘monome40_fake’ patch. Latest developments on its monome discussion thread.

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Hybrid tonoscope

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Here’s a first draft outline as PDF – though it’s still waiting for feedback and contributions from Anthony Rowe.

There’s always more to find out there… Deep Vacuuming the Source Files and then looking fairly systematically through BIT-101 Lab has turned up several interesting Flash demos:

a sweet little non-interactive 3d particle system waveform – 041101_lewis.fla

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and a simple sound activated wave pattern – 050819_lewis.fla

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It also suggested some new and useful practitioner and reference links – though these have quickly branched out further still…

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