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.
Demo of the new 3D music-making software, Fijuu2. The player morphs forms with a PS2-style gamepad, which alter sounds that are then recorded to tracks. Fijuu2 is an open-source project and runs on Linux. more info: http://fijuu.com
This is Yamaha's upcoming music toy/interface, the Tenori-On. Similar in concept to the monome but it is self-contained rather than requiring a computer and software, and it is transparent, so can be viewed from both sides. It will come pre-loaded with an assortment of programs and sounds. Of course it is not opensource like the monome, and the price is rumored to be over $1000. Lots more details, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenori-on Circuit-Benders... heat up your irons!
Inspired by the business model of monome.org, I did a bit of googling about microbusinesses and the opensource business model:
A nanocorp is a ruthlessly small business - Sohodojo
Wikipedia: Small business, Mesoeconomics, Micro-enterprise: "Broadly stated, a micro-business is a business started with as little capital as possible, or less capital than would be usual for a business. More precisely, the term is often used in Australia to refer to a business with a single owner-operator, and no employees."
Excerpted from the monome.org manifesto : "we strive for economic and ecological sustainability. careful design practice allows us to contribute to culture and preserve the environment by choosing domestic, high-quality, and responsible providers and production facilities. we acknowledge that our future will depend on our ability to support and maintain a local, regenerative economy."
eXtropia.com: "The open source business model relies on shifting the commercial value away from the actual products and generating revenue from the 'Product Halo,' or ancillary services like systems integration, support, tutorials and documentation."
I just received a couple sample MAX6969's. "The MAX6969 uses the industry-standard, shift-register-plus- latch-type serial interface. The driver accepts data shifted into a 16-bit shift register using data input DIN and clock input CLK. Input data appears at the DOUT output 16 clock cycles later to allow cascading of multiple MAX6969s. The latch-enable input, LE, loads the 16 bits of shift register data into a 16-bit output latch to set which LEDs are on and which are off. The output enable, OE-bar, gates all 16 outputs on and off, and is fast enough to be used as a PWM input for LED intensity control."
These are software-based musical instruments similar to Reaktor instruments but standalone. The website itself is also worth checking out (requires Shockwave) for a portfolio of less interactive but very beautiful sound/image/generative works. The names are in French I think.
"Beat Blocks is a tangible interface for a rhythm sequencer. The user is able to create and manipulate an 8-track drum loop (4 tracks in the featured prototype) on the fly by physically re-arranging blocks within a matrix. Each block is actually a sub-sequence identified by a patterning scheme." go here for more details and a video
As an impressionable highschool techno-dork, I remember tearing my gaze away from Von Slatt's lovely sister just long enough to admire his hand-made platter of vintage 2-button TV remotes, each wired to activate a different gizmo in the room.
Downloaded the Arduino software and scrounged up an led and a 100K resistor, plugged the Arduino board in and uploaded an example program and voila, I was adjusting the speed of a blinking LED with my touchpot in like 10 minutes. Meanwhile I'm researching bar graph array leds and reading more about multiplexing MAX7221s. blinky blinky
This article describes how (and has links to code) to use an Arduino into 8 7221s to drive 512 leds. That might be enough or maybe I can double the recipe. A forum link touches on issues with power consumption when running all this stuff at once.