Monday, January 15, 2018

Unconventional DMIs

https://cycling74.com/projects/musical-gear-table

I showed this project in class. It is more visually interesting than sonically interesting, but I think it demonstrates the importance of having an engaging physical interface.

https://cycling74.com/projects/sound-globe
This project inspired an idea I had for what I will make. I like the idea of using a softspot membrane to control pitch.

This thing is just cool

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Unconventional Performance Systems

Hello everyone,
Here are some of the performance systems I've found.

Eigenharp


There are a few different versions of the Eigenharp. I have one of the smaller versions which I will bring to class. The following demonstrates one of the bigger versions.



Here is a presentation about digital systems. It presents an Eigenharp and includes a few performances:



Stanford Laptop Orchestra




And here is a TED talk by the composer:



Intel's keynote


The following is a performance from Intel's most recent keynote. I'd like to think of the performance tools here as entertainment systems more than instruments.

Unconventional Digital Instruments

Friday, January 12, 2018

Wintergatan's Unconventional Performance Systems

Hi everyone! In looking for unconventional digital instruments/controllers, I found some videos from a YouTuber I've followed for some time, Wintergatan. He is a musician that builds many different homemade instruments. Two of his most well known creations are the Marble Machine and the Modulin. The videos are linked below! Although the Marble Machine is more of a mechanical instrument than a digital one, I found it interesting to think about how you could make a digital equivalent of the instrument.