Month: June 2008
Mallets and Meshes
I have my drum physical model working with the mallet from Joel Laird’s PhD work that I mentioned before. So, now I can control the tension and dampening of the drum and the stiffness, mass, initial x/y position, angle/speed of movement and downward velocity of the mallet.
I made a recording giving an idea about the range of expression possible so far. All sounds come from a single drumskin model although five different mallets with different properties may be hitting it in different places and directions at the same time. The tension and dampening is varied as you can hear. I think it sounds pretty good considering no effects are applied.
Here it is in ogg and mp3 format. Watch your bass bins, there’s a lot of low frequencies. In fact it’s about silent on my laptop speakers. Any glitches are down to me not running the software in realtime mode…
Live coding @ Goldsmiths College, this Thursday 5th June
I’m doing a talk with Dave Griffiths about live coding this Thursday, from 6pm til 8pm in the Seminar Rooms at Ben Pimlott Building (Ground Floor, right), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW
Here’s the blurb:
Live coders program in conversation with their machine, dynamically adding instructions and functions to running programs. Here there is no distinction between creating and running a piece of software – its execution is controlled through edits to its source code. Live coding has recently become popular in performance, where software is written
before an audience in order to generate music and video for them to enjoy. McLean and Griffiths have played around Europe together with Adrian Ward as the live coding band “slub”. They will talk about the history and practice of live coding, and give some demos of their own live coding environments.
Alex has been triggering distorted kick drum samples with Perl scripts for far too long. He is a PhD student at Goldsmiths Digital Studios.
Dave Griffiths writes programs to make noises, pictures and animations. He makes film effects software and computer games.
Dave & Alex are both members of the Openlab free software artists collective and the TOPLAP organisation for live algorithm promotion. slub.org ; toplap.org ; pawfal.org/openlab ; pawfal.org/dave ; yaxu.org
THE THURSDAY CLUB is an open forum discussion group for anyone interested in the theories and practices of cross-disciplinarity, interactivity, technologies and philosophies of the state-of-the-art in today’s (and tomorrow’s) cultural landscape(s).
For more information check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/gds/events.php or email Maria X at drp01mc [at] gold.ac.uk
To find Goldsmiths check http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/find-us/