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AIRE5 // Arduino + Pure Data
  • AIRE5 // Arduino + Pure Data

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This project seems pretty cool to me because it embeds both an aurduino micro controller with the PD software we are using. I have a little bit of experience with aurduinos and to see the both of them working together seems both interesting and very difficult. I think the project seems pretty original from the other videos i have seen, I also think this is probably very hard to recreate. I do not have the confidence in being able to recreate a design this complex. The documentation is also very poor compared to other videos. In this video the guy is only demonstrated what he has come up with, not how or why he came up with it,therefore I do not understand the aspects of the project. All I can do is admire this mans awesome design. If I did somehow magically know how to make a project of this caliber I would probably replace the blue LEDs with multi colored LEDs and have them shine different colors with the different types of sounds. As for any questions I have over this example, i have many. Like how do you even make the aurduino and the pd software work together? So far all we have done is control things on the computer. I also do not know how the man made this so I really don’t know if there is a better way to do this. Overall, the project seems very cool but very complex. I’m glad I ran into it and am happy to share it with the entire class.

Painting with timber and pure data

Here is a project i found that uses pure data on youtube.

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The video is entitled “Painting with timber and pure data” by Andy Stella. He uses the object “timbreID” in pure data. As you can see in the video, a sine wave is displayed on the screen which changes color and wavelength and crest according to any sound it hears. Andy uses different objects to make different noises which he terms as “noise makers” and the results can be seen on the screen with the sine wave changing color, becoming thicker and thinner. I found it pretty cool and interesting to see how sound inputs can vary the sine waves.



IR Theramin

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This project creates a thermin using Pure Data along with some hardware.  I think that this would be an awesome project to try to replicate, mainly because theramins are awesome, and it doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult.  I think that the idea of the pitch of the sound oscillating depending on what the sensors read is pretty cool.  I think that this could have some awesome applications if used in a creative way.

In the video, it didn’t seem like the pitch had a very wide range, and I wonder how easily that could be changed, or if you could somehow make your theramin make different sounds.  I think it could be fun to play with and see what we could do with it.
The only thing I’m not sure about would be how to make the hardware work in conjunction with the software, but I’m sure that’ll be part of the learning process! It seems like it uses an arduino, or something similar, and some sensors but that’s all.
Facial Analyzing Wah-Wah

Facial Analyzing Wah-Wah

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I found this project pretty neat. The user is able to control the “Wah” of their guitar through facial expressions detected through the webcam that correlate with tone changes in pd. Because pd is very new to new to us, this seems like a rather complex project that requires extensive knowledge of the FaceOSC package that is being utilized with pd. Unfortunately, the project is not well documented but the user but one may be able to recreate the patch and use the help files in pd to better understand the functionality of this patch. It would be interesting to see other facial expressions or actions utilized such as tracking your eyes so that pitch is adjusted as your eyes move from left to right or visa versa. I hope to be able to complete and understand patches similar to this as I expand my knowledge of pd and help these high school students develop some fun projects.

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What i like about this video is it has some cool video and music. with 3D looking graphics and audio video effects. i think pd can use for 3D mapping.


Musical Drums Possibly??
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When I saw this video I thought it was cool because the insensitivity and placement of the light is way affects the sound. But to more focus this concept of using light to make sound I thought it would be cool if there were just several light sensors spaced out and a person could use flashlights in each hand to sort of play the drums by shining the lights over the different light sensors and each one of them triggering a different beat or note. If that idea work then I thought it might even be possible to make a stronger flashlight result in a completely different sound to put a twist on things. So pick up the wrong light and you might get some flute notes instead of drums.

As  for changing this project I would do just as I said before and add more sensors so more notes could be played or synthesized. The one thing I was unsure of was how easy it would be to make just one lone drum beat play when the light sensor was triggered. Could there be a delay set so that you wouldn’t get a machine gun affect with a drum beat???Or would it just be better to stick with the electronic notes??? Either way though I would want to space out the sensors so  you could have more control over the pattern of your sweet music.

Guitar Extended

Guitar Extended

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I found this project interesting because it connects a traditional instrument with the program. Normally for a musician to have the sound effects PD can generate would require purchasing effect pedals. This project enables a musician to have a greater number of effects for a lesser cost. Further more, the video includes a link to a blog detailing both the hardware and software used for creating the project. The explanations and guides to the project could provide useful ideas and hints at setting up our own projects with the Maize students.

Like the music (have no idea)

Wow! This is really cool, It is more likely sitting in front a computer playing music with out a piano. This is harder than I have expected to see in class. One interesting thing was the movement of motion, when touching the outside devices, the screen in the computer changing the color. It was a well working project, the level of difficulty was high. Great to try one like this:)


1. What are the materials need to build this one ?


Creating Real-Time Visualizations With Pure Data

I really like this project basically due to the video that was created. The creator used interesting shapes (squares, circles, and etc) to create this video. Also within the video, he was able to make the shapes move around which seemed pretty cool to me. In all honesty, the video looks very trippy! But watching this video, I think I kind of understand the aspect of the project and think the document was well organized. 

Now, would I have done anything different with project? I think I would of added more color to it. I enjoyed watching the video, but I think it would be better if it wasn’t in just black and white. 

PURE DATA- 04 Metro – YouTube

It easy to see Pd can interface with art walls to Arduinos and could possibly be used to program flight drones or build things like  audio slicers, and A/V mixers. But what makes PURE DATA- 04 Metro by, (cheetomoskeeto) a cool project is he provides a well grounded, well explained series to make all other things possible. “PURE DATA- 04 Metro” is one of a video tutorial series for pd newbies. And he demonstrates how to use number atoms for debugging and speed up development. 


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