Owl Project m-Log workshop

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

“m-Log is the latest development in Owl Project Technology; a powered USB controller interface. The m-Log fits in the palm of your hand and is made using the semicircular cross section of a branch… Inside the m-Log is the muio interface. Available with a range of built in sensor inputs (light sensors, accelerometers etc.) it has plug in and play compatibility with a wide variety of applications, notably MAX MSP/Jitter, SuperCollider and Open Frame Works…”

The Owl Project are a collaborative group of Manchester based artists who share interests in human interaction with technology and process led art. The group currently consists of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. I share a studio with Anthony – across the hall from Simon ;-).

Every m-Log is different – and not just because of the natural variations in the wood – but also because of the design and layout preferences of the maker – which is great.

TOP had intended to try and build 8 m-Logs from kit – constructing the muio circuit, drilling holes, mounting the switches and pots and sanding and oiling the wood – AND building software audio instruments in SuperCollider – all in one day – but this turned out to be a bit too much to achieve.

My m-Log almost worked – bar a dry connection which I’ve now looked at – and Steve plans to provide software to the group next week so I can start testing and playing. I’m planning to extend my m-Log with extra switches – without an additional chip the muio interface can accommodate an additional four switches from the four supplied with the kit – and I’m working out where to mount these – but it’s looking like under my thumb and first two fingers at the moment.

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designing the layout…
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building the muio circuit…
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working the wood…
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under construction…
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by the end of day…

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