KORG Volca Beats – Sync experiments

August 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

KORG Volca Beats can be synched to ext MIDI Clock Source (with clock, start & stop) or with an analog TTL clock source. On this video, three experiments: a) Volca Beats under KORG Z1 Arpeggiator’s Clock (no start/stop transmitted); b) Volca Beats under TTL clock from Dark Time (no start/stop, no reset transmitted); c) Volca Beats under Gate 2 Out from Dark Time (start/stop extracted from analog gates, no reset). In all three cases, the internal Stutter delay time (in Volca Beats) is faithfully recalculated in real time at varying of external clock.

Owl theremin

August 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The theremin control voltage outputs can be used to play the synth in the background. The theremin is in fact an excellent PAiA Theremax, the same as used for the Badgermin. The owl rests on a sliding carriage, which can slide along four vertical bars fixed inside the log. When the motor is turned on a winch mechanism winds a length of sash cord, which loops over the top of a second pulley, which in turn lifts up the sliding carriage. When the carriage reaches the top, a limit switch is automatically pressed, switching off the motor. For the owl to descend, the owl activation switch is flipped once more, reversing the polarity of the motor, allowing the carriage to be lowered down onto another limit switch. The antennae disconnect for ease of transportation, and the lower half of the stand can be unbolted.

More details: www.nervoussquirrel.com/owltheremin

Textile Based Synth

August 3, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Showing at Devotion Gallery on August 2nd at 7pm in Brooklyn!
Along with past and present felt designs.
m.facebook.com/events/640142289329927/
areyoudevoted.com

Humanelectro × Leap Motion

August 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Ryo Fujimoto is Beatboxer / Electronic Musician. His art is called ” Humanelectro “. He controls effects with the right hand, the left hand is synth sounds on the spot.

The synth sounds is generated by voice and Beatboxing on the spot.

Ryo Fujimoto / Humanelectro

http://www.humanelectro.net

Technical details:

  • Leap Motion
  • GECO
  • Ableton Live 9
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24

KORG Volca Keys : Testing FLUX function ( experimental )

July 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.”

Apparition HD all scenes – Klaus Obermaier & Ars Electronica Futurelab

July 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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/

Experiemental: Blue Beat

July 10, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Experimental: ARTBOTS

July 1, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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.

Capacitive Paint Touch Controller

June 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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

Experimental music: Smomid – String MIDI device

June 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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:

http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/smomid….

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