“Collaboration of Charles Martin and Chi-Hsia (Lisa) Lai. We’re producing a new percussion / computer duet using computer vision technology, Supercollider and Open Frameworks. Sounds like fun right?”
Seldom I have heard something this cool, a must see
The musical score is generated in real time by the heartbeats of the musicians. They read and play this score from a computer screen placed in front of them.
It’s an interesting approach to generative classical music – and actually yields some musically interesting results.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
How The Heartbeat Orchestra Works
The musicians are equipped with ECG (electrocardiogram) sensors. A computer monitors and analyzes the state of these 12 hearts in real time. The acquired information is used to compose a musical score with the aid of computer software. It is a living score dependent on the state of the hearts.
While the musicians are playing, their heartbeats influence and change the composition and vice versa. The musicians and the electronic composition are linked via the hearts in a circular motion, a feedback structure. The emerging music evolves entirely during the performance.
The resulting music is the expression of this process and of “an organism forming itself from the circular interplay of the individual musicians and the machine”.
TOPLAPapp is a free application for the Apple iPad that uses a sonic puzzle as the interface for a virtual machine for sound synthesis.
This machine accepts a few valid instructions represented by the letters T, O, P, L, A, and p. You control TOPLAPapp by placing each command letter within a grid, along with setting some associated parameter sliders.
The machine rushes through the instruction set to create output sounds, which are usually of a somewhat noisy character, hopefully interestingly so.
The historical antecedents include instruction synthesis as pioneered at the Institute of Sonology in the 1970s, and the live coding movement, of modifying a running program as it acts.
Note: Developers warn “This app is intended for those interested in more experimental sound art: don’t download unless you are open to stranger computer music sounds”.
Pricing and Availability
TOPLAPP app is a free app and is available now for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
Many single tracks have been produced on the iPhone, but this is more, much more LOL and even a music video made using nothing but the iPhone, but New York outfit Nuclear O’Reilly claim to be the first band to make a whole album using Apple’s touchscreen marvel. The work is titled Phoning It In, and the duo’s App of choice? Intua’s amazing Beatmaker. See/hear all about it in the video below…
Although a year old I still think this is a great way of making soft synth reviews, big credit to CM magazine and I hope they will make a follow up soon – since a lot has happened even though its only been a year.
“We countdown the best virtual synthesizers in the world, as voted for by Computer Music readers and forum users. Episode 1 features positions 10 to 5.”
have a great weekend