Music Control, Interactive Music Systems, Physical Computing, Natural User Interface, Tangible Computing, OSC, MIDI, Max/MSP, TUI/NUI, Interactive Scultpure, Processing, Chuck, Arduino, FTIR, Audicle, Monome 40h, DIY, openSource, Reaktor 5, Granular Synthesis, Analog Synthesis, Analog Sequencers, Touch Control, Haptics, Xenome, The Stribe
what is soundwidgets.com?
It's a blog where I post cool stuff I find on the web. I try to post projects which more or less relate to the above topics. Sometimes I just post random stuff.
This also acts as an informal project blog for a music control device I'm designing and building called the Stribe.
I also occasionally post clips and info relating to experimental electronic music I make under the name phineus.
Latest tracks by phineus do you sell stuff?
Actually, yes! You can support The Stribe Project by buying kits from CuriousInventor.com, or by buying Stribe.org T-Shirts or paticipating on the Stribe Project Forum.
You can support Phineus by ordering the Compleat Works of Phineus on USB hard-drive for $25 including shipping. Send e-mail to order. what does "stribe" mean?
It means "stripe" or "striped cloth" in Danish.
I just found this free downloadable sequencer called Rubber Duck based on the TB-303 but way weirder. It was made way back in 1996. It's very fun to play with and can be downloaded here. I made some crazy sounds and scared the dog a little.
Also check out Drum Station, a free download from the same site which is an 8 track sequencer / drum machine pre-loaded with classic drum sounds, or add your own.
Last weekend we went to the Stata Center at MIT to see the Collision Collective exhibit. My old friend Bill Tremblay was there helping out. I met Bill at MassArt back in the day. He did the actual construction and electronics on the Sound Square IR light harp.
Last night we went to see ZAP! at the Museum of Science. Bill was there, too, in charge of robotics. I told him about the FTIR table I want to build and he seems intrigued.
I want to build an FTIR (frustrated total internal reflection) table. It looks fairly simple to build, and the result is a quite-sophisticated multi-touch interface that can be used for a variety of applications.
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Here's a diagram that illustrates the FTIR principle: image from Jeff Han
And here's a link to my delicious bookmarks on the subject: FTIR links
"Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board, and a development environment for writing Arduino software. The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, itself built on Processing."
I've ordered one of these and it should be here early next week!
"the monome 40h is a reconfigurable grid of sixty-four backlit buttons.
"buttons can be configured as toggles, radio groupings, sliders, or organized into more sophisticated systems to monitor and trigger sample playback positions, stream 1-bit video, interact with dynamic physical models, and play games. button press and visual indication are decoupled by design: the correlation is established by each application."
I've been playing with some of the prebuilt applications for this thing and they are very cool. I also think it'll be a great way for me to learn some of the new applications, and many of them are open source. Currently learning about: Chuck / Audicle, Pd, Max/MSP, Processing, Wiring.
In short, it's a 7x7 grid of infrared led's and sensors, each beam is about a foot apart, with a simple circuit that allows each beam to be tuned to a different frequency, to avoid crosstalk. Each of the 14 triggers outputs a control voltage. I still have most of the parts, so I figured it might be fun to get it going again.
So 15 years later, I'm checking back into the field of interactive music and it's amazing how much has happened, how much the community has grown, how many new toys there are - yet at the same time it seems that things haven't progressed quite as far as I'd figured they would by now.
In my search for parts to get the Sound Square going, I've been running into some cool stuff, and getting lots of neat ideas foor new projects. Maybe the ole Sound Square will have to wait a while... ;)