Testing Volca keys FLUX function, details below:
“When turned off the FLUX, Volca records up to 16 steps quantized notes.
When turned on the FLUX, such limitation is gone.
Even if we make slow tempo setting we can record phrase with faster tempo.
I have no idea about note number limitation ( I wonder how many notes can we record in a loop ?) or time resolution when turned on the FLUX.
This FLUX function works fine with “UNISON” mode.
It also works with Poly mode of course but it is little bit difficult to manage.”
HD recording of the interactive real-time generated dance and media performance APPARITION, feat. Desiree Kongerod and Rob Tannion.
exile.at/ or exile.at/apparition/
Klaus Obermaier’s music: exile.at/music/
Blue Beat is a collective, collaborative, choreographic, giant orchestra. By moving over the instruments, registered by a camera, different sounds are triggered from a music computer. At the same time a video beamer mapped to paintings on the wall lit up as a visual reference for the performers. Blue Beat is a part of the Mini Maker Space project at Sweden’s National Museum For Technology And Science and one of 3 projects invented and built by Håkan Lidbo and a team of collaborators. Per-Olov Jernberg did the programming and built the electronics, Tom Walston did the paintings and Frida Vega Salomonsson took the photos in the film below. The project can been experienced at the museum June- December 2013.
Swedish experimentalist and electronic musician (the guy behind the Yellofier iPad app) has treated us with this cool video:
Art Bots is a project where the visitors at Sweden’s National Museum of Technology and Science create their own art by inventing and constructing art robots. They are given a variety of components but no instruction how to assemble the robots. By using different motors (cheap milk foamers or hand fans), legs (piano wire, sticks or straws) and bodies (cups, plates, tubes etc) and pens and brushes as feet, they build robots that move in different ways. The robots also get unique personalities and unique artistic expressions. The robots are let lose on a big piece of paper limited by narrow walls, so the robots stick to their task and don’t run away -and they create collective art.
Using Bare Conductive paint and Arduino as a musical interface for my modular synthesizer.
I have been playing with Bare Conductive paint since it came out a little more than a year ago. It’s great stuff – a heavy acrylic paint that can be used as a resistor, touch sensor, paintable wire – and I keep coming up with new uses for it. This idea stemmed from wanting to utilize my modular synth in more of an installation setting than a performance music setting.
I think of this as a sort of “sonic self-portrait.” Two 10″x10″ canvases painted yellow with my hand prints painted in conductive paint. A small piece of copper tape is attached to the back of each canvas and connected to Arduino. Code on the Arduino turns the canvases into capacitive sensors and sends two channels of 0-5V PWM voltage out through RC filters into the modular synthesizer. In short: touch the painting, send modulations to the synthesizer.
The Arduino sketch uses Paul Badger‘s CapSense library. I had to use an older build of the Arduino programmer (alpha 22) in order to get the library working. You can find the most recent version of the code here: GitHub. Circuit and patch descriptions below the audio.
Project information here: jimmymhughes.com/capacitive-paint-controller/
Extended audio here: soundcloud.com/soundelectronics/capacitive-painting-controller
This is a quick demonstration of what Nick has been doing with his Smomid project:
In this video he’s playing his latest Smomid (String Modeling Midi Device) which is about a year old and two of his pyramid interfaces which are in the background and mostly just used as light boxes that interact with what he’s playing. He’s currently working on some other interfaces as well.
Here is a web page dedicated to this project with more info, music and videos:
Machine Machine (2013) is a 32″ touchscreen installation that functions as an electronic instrument. Granular synthesis is used to loop “grains” of sound and video at variable lengths and frequencies. These parameters are based on the y-axis of the touch point on the monitor. The x-axis determines the position of the grain within the timeline. The piece was exhibited last month at the Northrup King Building in Minneapolis during Art-a-Whirl and for Visual Storage; the MCAD MFA thesis exhibition.
Within the piece there are five different segments that can be manipulated. Each segment provides the sound and visuals of a particular machine doing its job. These include a magnetic scrap crane, a train engine, a hydraulic metal cutter, tanker cars, and foot traffic. The video demonstrates some of the range and subtlety possible with the device.
See more at: http://audiocookbook.org/machine-mach…
Sonos Playground Deconstructed is a site-specific installation in the Nam June Paik / HBO Production Lab at the Museum of the Moving Image. It is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spectacle: The Music Video, April 3–June 16, 2013
Visitors are able to select any song from an iPad and watch a visualization of the music projected onto the surrounding walls. Through motion-capture technology, visitors can interact with and manipulate the animation through movement.
The installation aims to bring minimalist art to life as an immersive music video environment. Inspired by the wall drawings of Sol LeWitt and the room-flooding sound of the Sonos Playbar, Sonos Playground was originally installed in a 250 sq. ft shed at the Sonos Studio at the 2013 SXSW festival. At Museum of the Moving Image, Sonos Playground Deconstructed has re-imagined the experience using five detached walls suspended above a reflective floor. Each of the walls has been painted with 27 1-inch wide white lines and 26 2-inch wide black lines. By mapping the white lines set between black lines we were able to create a more immersive and surreal environment.
Installation by Aramique, Red Paper Heart, Fake Love
Fabrication by 11th St Workshop.
Music by Gary Gunn.
Director of photography Sesse Lind.
Editor Nathan Punwar
If you could breed an Omnichord with a Stylophone you might end up with some of these babies….
Use combinations of the buttons to select a chord type (maj, min, 7, maj7, min7, dim, aug) and root note. The chord is then mapped across the pads, which you play with a wired stylus, sending output by MIDI.
This is an old idea of mine that I’ve now turned into an open hardware kit, so anyone can make one. The updated firmware has some new goodies like guitar open chord fingerings, chord variations (sus4, add6, add9), two channel lead + chord drone and control over velocity.
Here’s the SOLAR SYNTH in full sunlight, the shade & indoors. It’s the mini synth for all seasons and never needs batteries or external power! Get yours only @ chamberofsounds.com
Marcomm pitch type description below:
Since the beginning of time, mankind has been trying to harness the sun’s energy, and process it into something exponentially larger. Centuries later, in the year 2013, COS brings you, synthesis created entirely by the sun, handheld synthesis, that will never require a battery or external power of any kind, a sound device that will carry you through anywhere, even when the grid goes down, and the zombie apocalypse begins. Introducing the SOLAR SYNTH!
Harness the power of the sun and surroundings to generate ambient drones and cosmic waves. Tune the three oscillators at just the right frequency, and interact with nature. Flip on the photocell, and use light to filter the pulsating waves of sound. Communicate with animals and aliens alike, outdoors or indoors.
SOLAR SYNTH works with any incoming light, even surprisingly low levels, which makes for some tasty, power-starved sounds. The LED displays how much power your light source is generating.
Go green with the revolutionary SOLAR SYNTH, make batteries a thing of the past and experience the freedom of handheld synthesis. There’ll only be a limited number of these beasts, so don’t miss out.
• oscillators: 3
• power: 9V solar panel
• trigger: momentary-latching
• range: many, many octaves
• output: 1/4″
• function: to take your sound anywhere & interact with nature