Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Step inside a unique Electromechanical Lithophone

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Bespoke Electromechanical Instrument was built by Jay Harrison as part of a dissertation undertaken on the Creative Music Technology degree course at Staffordshire University. The instrument, running on Arduino Mega 2560 is designed  to allow each note to be independently placed in a space:

The project involved the creation of an electromechanical system capable of autonomously playing a bespoke Lithophone musical instrument. The underlying idea was to create a Lithophone that allowed the audience to literally step inside it, giving a unique spatial and acoustic surround experience. Designing an autonomous electromechanical system was thought to be the most effective and reliable to solution to achieving this.

The Arduino Mega 2560 was used to interface Max/MSP with the physical circuitry. Control messages/signals would be sent out of a Max/MSP patch using Maxuino, these signals would then be interpreted by the standard firmata sketch loaded onto the board and would go on to trigger and control the 24 rotary solenoids and 24 servo motors that work to produce the notes.

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A collective instrument capturing breathe with paper windmills

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

cataSopros

Cata Sopros is interactive sound installation running on Arduino Uno and created by Elas Duas, a multidisciplinary studio based in the city of Guimarães (Portugal). If you translate the title from portuguese it means: Breathe Catchers. In fact the project is a collective musical instrument made with paper windmills transforming the users’ breathe into sounds:

The windmills have inbuilt electret microphones that were connected to an Arduino Uno. The sensor data was then sent to MaxMSP and the sounds were played with Ableton Live. The video was shot at the cloister of the beautiful Alberto Sampaio museum in Guimarães, Portugal.

Enjoy the video:

Immersive performances with 3D mapping and Arduino

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

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ANGLE project is a Florence-based duo and also the name of the amazing audiovisual performance that applies videomapping techniques to live sets. The duo produces and composes all the songs with synchronised video images using 3D mapping on a self-supporting, isostatic, modular structure that is made up of triangles with junctions at their vertices. (more…)

A "Draw it yourself" midi controller with a 3d-printed case

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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‘Draw It Yourself’ is a MIDI controller created by Dani Sanz which uses conductive ink as push-buttons. It is based on Arduino Uno and uses a capacitive sensor to determine whether the drawn buttons are being touched or not: (more…)

DIY russian folk bot playing from EEG

Friday, June 6th, 2014

portable electro-acoustic orchestra

“Turbo-gusli” or “Gusli-samogudy” is a russian folk bot made by Moscow media-artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms – Dmitry Morozov. It’s basically a portable electro-acoustic orchestra inspired by “Gusli-samogudy”, a self-playing gusli, the oldest Russian multi-string plucked instrument, and very common in old russian fairy tales.

The system works in 3 different modes: when it plays algorithmically from Pure Data patch, when it’s controlled by Emotiv EPOC EEG interface and in MIDI mode (all of them using Pduino library and custom patch in Pure Data). (more…)

Sugarcube, a grid based music controller with accelerometer

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

sugarcube

 

Once again Amanda Ghassaei sent a cool project she’s been working on lately as an extension of the work she’s been doing on the monome project. Sugarcube is an open source, grid-based, standalone MIDI instrument  self-contained and relatively cheap to make. It communicates via a MIDI output with other electronic MIDI instruments and software environments like Ableton and MaxMSP.

An Arduino Uno generates all of its MIDI data and drives LEDS, buttons, a 2 axis gyroscope, a 3 axis accelerometer,  two potentiometers, and the whole device is powered by a lithium-polymer battery making it pretty portable.

She published detailed  documentation on Instructables to make one yourself   and shared a bunch of videos to discover its main features: (more…)

Delicate tumbles and robotic panels meet dance music with Arduino

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

tantra

Creative Applications featured Timo Maas video showing a custom MIDI-controlled machine built by a creative team  including Daito Manabe:

‘Tantra’ is the new single from Timo Maas, taken from his latest artist album, ‘Lifer’. The video for the single, created by Daito Manabe, Motoi Ishibashi, Muryo Homma and Youichi Sakamoto (rhizomatiks) includes a machine that uses Arduino controlled ball dispensers, motorised rotating steel plates and LED lights to create a nexus between electronic music and a sound responsive mechanical object.

 

It's Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings. BareConductive have a stretch goal!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

TouchBoard

The Touch Board by Bare Conductive is not only a way to turn almost any surface into an interface, it is also one of the first products taking part of Arduino at Heart program: it will bear the Arduino at Heart logo, and you can program it just like an Arduino.

It took less that 1 day to reach the first goal of £15K on Kickstarter and since then they are working on building interesting stretch goal!

Some hours ago they reached the second stretch goal of £75K and they’ll be sending to every backer a stencil perfect for use with Electric Paint.

The stencil will include the Touch Board footprint so you can easily connect your Touch Board to the graphic. It will also have a keyboard template to make a MIDI piano and some other designs to help you get started the second you receive your Touch Board.

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It’s Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings. BareConductive have a stretch goal!

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

TouchBoard

The Touch Board by Bare Conductive is not only a way to turn almost any surface into an interface, it is also one of the first products taking part of Arduino at Heart program: it will bear the Arduino at Heart logo, and you can program it just like an Arduino.

It took less that 1 day to reach the first goal of £15K on Kickstarter and since then they are working on building interesting stretch goal!

Some hours ago they reached the second stretch goal of £75K and they’ll be sending to every backer a stencil perfect for use with Electric Paint.

The stencil will include the Touch Board footprint so you can easily connect your Touch Board to the graphic. It will also have a keyboard template to make a MIDI piano and some other designs to help you get started the second you receive your Touch Board.

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Carpentry, circuit design and coding for an interactive instrument

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

field lines

Field Lines is an interactive instrument designed by composer Charles Peck as part of his Threshold of Beauty project. On his website, Charles says that the installation is his largest piece to date:

Constructing this substantial piece of equipment drew on a number of disciplines including physical design, carpentry (an occasional hobby of mine), circuit design, and coding. As alluded in the title, this piece focuses on the magnetic field. There are three sections of magnetic material, including magnetic sand, a compass array, and zinc-plated iron. Audiences are able to manipulate these materials with a magnet in the space below each case while infrared sensors pick up their movement. The sensors send that information to an Arduino board, which then creates unique music for each section.

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