MIDI and Music

New Laser Harp pictures from the Little Boots LA gig

March 17, 2010

Wow – I’ve been working with lasershows.net to provide a dazzling performance for the Little Boots US tour – the photos from the LA gig at El Ray are just in, and the view from the lighting desk is truly spectacular… George (Mr Laser) Dodworth from lasershows.net provided some serious wattage (30 – count ‘em […]

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New PAIA 9700 modules released

March 16, 2010

Wow I knew these guys were working on “some add-ons” for the 9700, but they’ve just come out with a bumper crop… I think these modules just about cover all the limitations I found when using my 9700 – pretty cool. Click here for more info I think I’ll be getting the new noise source, […]

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Review of the Little Boots Gig (NYT)

March 4, 2010

This is a pretty cool review of Little Boots recent gig at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. “There’s not much you can say against the laser harp. At the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night a beam of green light shot up from the floor, then fanned out into eight individual rays. The tiny […]

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PAIA 9700s Tuning “Visualizer”

February 16, 2010

The PAIA 9700s is a compact analog modular music synthesizer, available as a kit. It took me about 3 weeks to get everything constructed and installed in the case. After building the next task is to set the scale trimmers on both voltage controlled oscillators so that they stay in tune over the largest range […]

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Serial Port MIDI Relay

February 15, 2010

When it comes to creating MIDI controllers the Arduino is tough to beat. There’s a great development community out there and creating MIDI data is a breeze. What’s not so cool is that it’s very very difficult to send MIDI data over the standard USB serial port that is used to communicate with the Arduino. […]

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Simple laser harp/light detection switch

January 6, 2010

I recently revisited some of my early laser harp work and thought it worth making a posting of the original beam detection circuit. This is an active low comparator circuit and the output line can be hooked directly into an Arduino. Shine the laser/light onto the Light Dependent Resistor and turn the 100K potentiometer until […]

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…an ILDA compliant Laser Harp controller

December 15, 2009

I’ve been working away for the last month or so on developing a laser harp controller that could hook into an existing stage lighting rig. This project was for Victoria Hesketh or “Little Boots” as she is known in the UK. If you already own an ILDA compatible projector and are looking to add MIDI […]

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Hey, I was on TV…

December 10, 2009

…and I missed it. I just stumbled across this last night, I remember giving the interview, but forgot to watch it… I’m sandwiched between the robotic giraffe and the cupcake bicycle at about 1:49 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7mcd1_attack-of-the-show-maker-faire_videogames Oooh I’m all sweaty.

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Using different MIDI event types with the WiiMote Theremin

December 9, 2009

I recently was asked if it were possible to output continuous controller data from the WiiMote Theremin device I created here This should be pretty simple as the Toub.Sound.Midi library supports CC data just like the Note On/Off. If you open up the source code in Visual Studio Express C# – you should be able […]

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How cool is that…?

October 14, 2009

I just purchased a Korg RADIAS for use with the Laser Harp / MIDI Theremin and while researching sound demos I came across this movie clip: I’m glad that performers are starting to realize that internet content featuring their work is generally a good thing, even if they didn’t create all of it themselves. Nice […]

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