Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Color Probability Graphs

I've implemented the main parts of my probabilistic growth model for the color selection. There are a couple more features I would like to add, but here are some graphs that show how the probability for each color changes over 200 color-phases in a few different runs.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

More Colors and Other Updates

I added a couple more colors and changed a previous one. I think this will be my final draft, and I will be making more changes once I see the colors being projected.
I'm also out of town this weekend, and I visited a vintage shop here to grab a few more objects. I will share a photo of all the objects in the upcoming days. I might now have all the objects I need. Lastly, I created 5 sound processing presets and have completed the color-sound interaction between Processing and Ableton. Processing now sends MIDI messages to Ableton to change the sound environment upon a color change.

Some of the next steps include creating more sound presets and figuring out the probabilistic adjustments.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Taking Apart a Cassette Player

Last week I took apart a 15 year old karaoke machine to extract the cassette player. I was surprised to see how many of the controls are mechanical, with the tape heads and motor being the only real electrical components.

For my installation, I intend to make all of the controls electrical, through an Arduino. User input will determine what PWM signals will be sent to the motor to control speed and direction of the tape. The play/record head will be wired to a 1/4" plug for use with a standard interface. Once I get controls functioning for one of these tape mechanisms I'll begin looking at adding more mechanisms to create a kinetic sculpture.