Monday, December 31, 2007

128 demo w/ mlr

128/mlr from % on Vimeo.
Nice demo of the new 128 from monome.

the stribe project forum

I made a Stribe Project Forum - please join! I'm using it to keep track of all the details, and hopefully keep the project organized as more people get involved.

(Also started to set up a mediawiki but not much there, yet - if anyone feels like expanding on it it's here and will eventually be updated).

Right now the forum's a repository of notes and facts about the Stribe project so far. I hope it will be a landing spot for people interested in participating in the project in one way or another, either by building or buying a Stribe, improving and expanding the (admittedly incomplete and amateurish) firmware and Max patches, or just watching from the sidelines.


Sunday, December 30, 2007

stribe update

screenshot of _stribe_howto.mxb (virtual stribe) in action - click for big view

I'm plodding forward on several fronts at once, mostly doing boring stuff like trying to put together a stribe wiki and/or forum type thing as well as juggling parts to build a handful of prototypes for development. Today I took some time to clean up the Max code so far and it looked so pretty I had to take a picture.

Meanwhile Vlad Spears (author of Balron and the Daevel behind Daevelmaker Plugins) wrote a Max abstraction to translate values from the Max matrixctrl object into the message format expected by the Stribe, something I'd been struggling with trying to solve in firmware.

The pieces were all there in Max but I needed that one final bit and Vlad was able to do it from a few vague e-mails and a .jpg of a scrawled napkin drawing. Amazing.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

thomas dolby's live setup

A complete breakdown of the gear: Thomas Dolby's live rig

Thursday, December 20, 2007

andrew fentem fentix cube

It's so weird I was just at a party or something talking to someone about how you could do something like this with OLEDs...

This guy is doing a lot of cool stuff.

Friday, December 14, 2007

cool monome 40h app: whiz

via: post

monome releases the 128

A limited run of 100 units. monome.org

some guy rocks a monome 256 running 'flin'

Looks like he has a 40h, too. With a quick peek at the Buchla box in the corner.

(Earlier this was posted as being Trent Reznor but that was an error. Neither having met Trent nor seen him up close I didn't realize this is actually Alessandro Cortini. It was on the nin youtube page so I just figured it was him - my apologies to all.)

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Learning Max/MSP

I'm learning Max/MSP. I sometimes find the Cycling74 site a little intimidating because there's just SO much information, and the online Tutorials run a bit long for my ADD brain, so I went looking for some other resources. I found this great online set of Max tutorials. Much more condensed - skips right to relevant stuff and tells you exactly what you need to know to get started learning Max, and is divided into logical 6- to 12-page chunks. The chunks range from a great basic Introduction to Max (required reading) to more esoteric: Max and Chaos.

Highly recommended reading: Peter Elsea's Max Tutorials

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

mmm, candy

stribe prototype 0.2 lit up like xmas

Stribe 0.4 circuit - 180 degrees of change

I've made a major revision to the Stribe circuit boards, rotating them 180 degrees to better reflect the way Max/MSP addresses arrays and to make my firmware simpler (and hopefully faster). Short version: 0,0 is the top left corner now instead of the bottom left. I also moved the logic circuit to the top of the board, which is the same place the touch-strips attach. So now I avoid 8 long trace runs as well as making a better location to add a MIDI circuit or other interface connectors (8 synth-type voltage triggers, anyone?).


Meanwhile I've also been working on the firmware and the Max patches, getting everything talking to everything else. I'm borrowing lots of example code as well as nabbing a few of Brian Crabttree's handier bits of code (the bits I can understand). I'm building a "virtual stribe" with the matrixctrl object.


Feel free to take a look and offer your suggestions.


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