Proposal for Code of Music Final

I’m creating a banana rhythm instrument. I will use this banana shape I am making a plaster mold of (if successful). I think it will be then cast in paper or cement or concrete if i get the sand on time. Below are some shapes, banana rocking gif, and some light documentation of the MaxMSP process I made over Thanksgiving break. 

Sounds themselves

To create the sounds I will use Tone.js and somehow feed it into MaxMSP via bluetooth modules (i have yet to figure out how to make it work). Or maybe I can use raspberry pi to run Tone.js in the p5 program in the browser and just connect it to speakers? Or! Just put an qcferoneter inside the banana shape and have a wire to an Arduino and that will be plugged into the laptop running P5! I wish this was a wireless banana but I am not sure if I will be able to make it wireless (I'd need a very small Arduino) and then I’d just need to have my own router i guess? Would love to hear some ideas from  Luisa and the class how I could make this work best. Thank you!

Audience would be a person or a group of people who are looking to have some tactile and sonic therapeutic meditative experiences. Some time-out! Also I see potential for this in waiting rooms in doctors’ offices to relieve stress. It’s inspired by Sound Arcade show (December 2017) from the Museum of Design and Art.

Inspirations are MICRO DoubeHelix and Sonic Arcade artists at the Museum of Design and Art, especially Liouse Foo and Martha Skou (FooSkou!)

 Experimenting with recognizable objects that can rock back and forth. Sort of a boat-like movement. See-saw. Will use the plaster mold to cast in paper.

Experimenting with recognizable objects that can rock back and forth. Sort of a boat-like movement. See-saw. Will use the plaster mold to cast in paper.

 Once it turns to paper

Once it turns to paper

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Interactions

i was able to get an accelerometer to modulate sounds in Max MSP thanks to Dom’s help (and Aaron’s help last year, it’s all staring to make sense now) and I hope I can get that to work in p5. We were also able to get the Max MSP to send different audio outs to separate Bluetooth speakers, which is great news because this means that i can have one program (max) control all of the “instruments” and have them interact sonically with one another fairly easily (without needn’t yo set up a network of raspberry pis). 

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 Setting up serial receiving arguments! Assigning different instruments to different audio outs.

Setting up serial receiving arguments! Assigning different instruments to different audio outs.


Some interactions I considered before landing on banana boat shape (I may use them in addition to the banana if there is time but I want to keep the project manageable):

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I plan to paint the banana shape (and others if I have time for other shapes) and even possibly use Bondo (plaster) and sand itto make it look more “finished”.