The National Museum of Computing The sounds and ecology of 70 years of computing is the focus of a new Arts Council funded project at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC). The public will be able to listen in as the project unfolds and later in the year a series of extraordinary new musical compositions will be published. Award-winning sound artist and composer Matt Parker will start his project, The Imitation Archive, this week and he will produce a permanent sound archive of the restored and recreated working machines at the Museum. Guest Post: The Myo™ Armband + DJ Player This is a guest post written by Myo Alpha Developer, Gabor Szanto. Gabor Szanto is from Hungary and is currently the CTO of Superpowered, and the developer behind the DJ Player app. Emerging novel user input methods hold a lot of promise when it comes to ways we can better interact with our environment, especially in regards to the up and coming space of wearable tech. I was fortunate enough to be selected as a developer for the Myo™ Alpha program and have made it my goal to have the Myo armband integrated into the professional DJ booth. While other novel input devices may rely on cameras for gesture control, or microphones for voice recognition, the Myo armband is able to interact using only gestures, making it much more effective in an environment with flashing lights, fog, and loud sounds.
A comeback for the humble cassette? - Features - Music - The Independent His nonplussed response was delightful. We were witnessing the obsolescence of technology at first hand, right there; as we explained how it worked it almost felt like we were experts on an episode of Antiques Roadshow. (Although sadly in the item in question was worth almost nothing.) Two brothers, Benny and Rafi Fine, have seen the viral potential of this kind of thing, and have recently started a series on YouTube called Kids React To Technology.
Mi.Mu Glove for Music by Mi.Mu Rachel Freire (@RachelFreire) is a designer and artist with an eponymous conceptual fashion label specialising in leather and stretch materials. Her work focuses on intricate details and using tactile objects to create narratives. She works across disciplines in all aspects of design which concern clothing and the body. Boil the Frog Boil the Frog lets you create a playlist of songs that gradually takes you from one music style to another. It's like the proverbial frog in the pot of water. If you heat up the pot slowly enough, the frog will never notice that he's being made into a stew and jump out of the pot. With a Boil the frog playlist you can do the same, but with music.
Imogen Heap's music-manipulating gloves on Kickstarter While the conversation around wearable tech is really only just getting started, Imogen Heap is ahead of the game by several years. Heap's gestural Mi.Mu gloves, which she demoed at Wired 2012, allow her to play her music live on stage the same way she had previously only been able to do in a studio, using only her hands and arms. Now, a year and a half later, Heap and the team have put the gloves on Kickstarter, with the aim of making them more widely available. The impetus for the campaign, Heap tells Wired.co.uk, was the reaction online after people saw her demoing the gloves on YouTube. "We got loads of emails and requests coming through the website asking us if we could make them a pair," she says. "We've been keeping a tally of people who've wanted to be involved and quickly realised that this wasn't just for me anymore -- this was something other people were wanting to get their hands on."
About the Virtual Choir – Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir The Virtual Choir is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music in a new way through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world. Each one of the videos is then synchronised and combined into one single performance to create the Virtual Choir. It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube. Moved by the video, Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result.
x-io Technologies x-OSC is a wireless I/O board that provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels and on-board sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable firmware and no software or drivers to install making x-OSC immediately compatible with any WiFi-enabled platform. All internal settings can be adjusted using any web browser. International Society of Musicians for Artwhistling Performed whistling is not a new idea, but its role has been rather limited. Since the days of music hall & vaudeville, it has rarely ventured beyond imitating singing or birds, while appreciated chiefly in terms of novelty. Finally in the 1990s, a few individuals began to coalesce around a different model — one based on the music community at large and how all instruments are approached. By adapting the same attitude toward our own whistling, many have discovered much broader possibilities. This includes the repertoires of multiple instruments, of different cultures, of different centuries, new music for whistling, and different musical traditions. And, while not all of us take to the stage, some have achieved convincing results (hear samples).
usc interactive media & games In Thursday’s class, we learned to work with analog signals on the Arduino. If digital signals are 0 and 5 volts (logic LOW and HIGH), analog can be anything in between. We can create an analog voltage level from a 5 volt line using a simple two-resistor circuit, called voltage divider. Drones in Indian Music (Tanpura, Surpeti, etc.) The drone is an essential part of traditional Indian music. It is found in classical music (both North and South), folk music, and even many film songs. Sometimes, it is provided by special instruments and instrumentalists; at other times, it is provided by special parts of the melodic instruments. Even many of the percussion instruments are tuned in such a way as to reinforce the drone.
AnalogInput In this example we use a variable resistor (a potentiometer or a photoresistor), we read its value using one analog input of an Arduino or Genuino board and we change the blink rate of the built-in LED accordingly. The resistor's analog value is read as a voltage because this is how the analog inputs work. Hardware Required Arduino or Genuino Board Potentiometer or 10K ohm photoresistor and 10K ohm resistor built-in LED on pin 13 or 220 ohm resistor and red LED Circuit With a potentiometer click the image to enlarge
Thai Elephant Conservation Center - Art & Culture - Thai Elephant Orchestra The Thai Elephant Orchestra began with a simple question: "If elephants can make beautiful paintings, why can't they make music?" (And by the word 'music' was meant not a circus elephant playing a huge toy piano but rather serious, beautiful music worthy of the attention given to human music.) Trying to answer this question led Dave Soldier and Richard Lair to embark on designing, making and buying the massive musical instruments needed. The Orchestra's first recording was made in 1997 with five elephants at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center.