Posts tagged music

Notice: The Sound Revolver (Augmented Music Maker) now has its own project page which you can find here!


I have mentioned before that I am really interested in musical interfaces. I have also been working with openCV a lot lately and (naturally) I wanted to merge the two concepts together. A while ago, I came across the reactable, a really neat synthesizer that makes use of blocks you place on a special table top to create sounds. I really loved that idea of augmentation and I wanted to make something similar. I haven’t come up with a name for this project yet so I’ll use AMM (Augmented Music Maker) as a placeholder name for now.
Edit: Thanks to a wonderful class of grade 3/4 students, the official name for AMM is now “The Sound Revolver.”

TiCS = “This is Cool Stuff”
I thought I’d try something new where I would showcase some neat stuff I’ve found around the internetz once a month.

1. A Cool Way of Visualizing the FFT
Ben McChesney took the openFrameworks addon, ofxFFT and made a neat way of visualizing the Fast Fourier Transform of whatever his mic was picking up…in this case, his voice and music.


Every now and then, I like to play around in the Signal Processing world – more so in the audio realm than anything else. The thought that sound can be represented by an array containing a whole bunch of (seemingly arbitrary) numbers ready for manipulation is just awesome!. Yes, I had a lot of fun in my signal processing labs at school and I still love messing around with GNU Octave post-college.

Waveform of the Track I Used.


Wow, what a crazy two weeks!
I have been off travelling from one end of the country to the other touring around and visiting hackerspaces in Vancouver, MIT and Toronto and met some incredible people during my visit to these spaces.

While in Boston, I had to opportunity to attend the Design East Conference and take part in a bunch of free classes offered by a whole bunch of different companies like Microchip, NXP, ST and a lot more! Oh, and I got some ARM based development boards from ST and NXP! I guess I’ll be busy tinkering around with those for a while.

aaaaawwwwwwww yeah!