It’s been a while since my last blog post – so this is an overdue round-up of what’s been keeping me busy.
It feels like I’ve been focusing on Processing to the exclusion of anything else for sometime… and not just my own creative development… but also all the time and energy I’ve been investing into InProcess:ing – the open forum for sharing creative coding and practice at Madlab.
Don’t get me wrong… I lurve Processing… but I think it’s time to take a bit of a breather and outline ideas and strategies to move forward with new opportunities and other creative ideas that have been bubbling on my back-burner for a while…
- KiNoSeq – a kinetic nodal sequencer for the iPad
- Fun with Arduino
- PEAL ‘Hand Bells’
- The Augmented Tonoscope
- shado – monome widgets
- Dirty Electronics – Skull Etching
- ‘Analogue is the new Digital’ exhibition
Some of these are relatively brief and included within this post – others are more substantial so I’ve opened up a separate post in their own right.
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:
It’s 10 weeks since I took part in the Arduino and Physical Computing Workshop at Madlab and I’ve been meaning to post about it… and actually do something with it too.
Of course I’ve known of Arduino for quite some time…. Monomatic’s PEAL control system is built using one… but I’ve never actually played with one myself. Thanks to Dave Mee who ‘lent’ me his Arduino Duemilanove kit.
In recent posts I flagged up some possible next stage developments for my Light Wave Virtual sketch with OCD and ControlP5…
- “…control over the Perspective Changes & Linear Movements… could be useful to set up some oscillators to do this job…“
- ”…[develop a] persistent HUD display showing a Monomatic ‘Live’ console with all the real-time input from our performance instruments and controllers displayed graphically etc…“
- ”… Combinations [could be useful] – which could actually be an XY pad – as per the ‘ControlP5diyController.pde’ example…“
- ”…make these a set of generic controls too – so their their outputs are switchable between cameras – perhaps by radio button?“
and I’ve generally had success – or stopped trying – with each of the above
I’ve now managed to copy camera and centre of interest (c.o.i.) positional values from PeasyCam into OCD (bar a slight perspective shift I’m not quite able to resolve yet)… and I’ve also managed to update the slider positions for each of the controlP5 controllers (the controlP5 secondary window has to be in focus to see the changes) and thus save these values to XML and recall them later… yay!
float CamPposition = new float;
CamPposition = CamP.getPosition();
Cam1_cameraX = CamPposition;
I’m now exploring the full range of OCD methods to see how the library allows to – “manipulate individual cameras using standard camera movement commands” – and to see which might be useful additions to my ControlP5 live camera configuration.
I gave a ‘show and tell’ presentation about one of my own Processing sketches at the launch event – though Kyle McDonald’s presentation on his 3D Scanning technique was the main attraction – and since it seems to have outlined my general philosophy and approach to audiovisualisation reasonably well I thought I’d include an edited transcript here.
Spot the Difference: Tom Wilkinson’s Light Wave and Prodical’s Light Wave Virtual
I started this blog as an exercise in recording my own thoughts, research and creative activity – as well as learning more about the WordPress publishing platform.
Early on it was pretty much a solely personal exercise… but as I’ve tweaked the site layout, added Search Engine Optimisation, generated a few trackbacks from busier blogs etc. I’ve been noticing a steady increase in visitors.
My posts generally don’t have ‘Allow Comments’ enabled – so I thought I’d open a sticky ‘Comments Welcome!’ post that did. So if… :
I set out to jailbreak my iPhone with a list of possible gains…
I can’t say it’s been a wholly pain-free experience… I managed to ‘brick’ my iPhone several times and was forced to ‘restore’ loosing some data I hadn’t backed up – but hey – what did I expect? A few weeks on, I’ve regained a bit of device stability, gotten used to the new functionality and interaction and I’m happy I did it. Here’s how I’ve gotten on…