Re: Hamsters not music (was art?)


Subject: Re: Hamsters not music (was art?)
From: macCormac (macCormac@shaw.ca)
Date: Sun Feb 27 2005 - 09:04:34 EST


excellent adventure :-) wheels & music go figure . . . ;-)

pest regards, dj serious babbling brook
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Barry Rueger wrote:

> Or maybe not! Pictures and everything at http://tinyurl.com/5sose or
>
> Intelligent MIDI Sequencing with Hamster Control
>
> Abstract:
>
> This project was initially fueled by the desire to explore the MIDI
> protocol. It was decided that this would be accomplished by building
> a MIDI device. I also aimed to make something novel that had never
> been done before. But to balance out the unusual nature of its
> design, I wanted to also to create something that was very
> musical.After much consideration of different technical design
> aspects and contemplating various musical ideas, I was able to arrive
> at a project that would fulfill all of my musical and engineering
> goals.An intelligent MIDI sequencer was designed with hamster
> control. The MIDI sequencer intelligently produced melodies by
> manipulating the musical elements of rhythm and note-choice. Guided
> by inputs based on hamster movements, Markov chains were used to
> perform such beat and note computations. In culmination, 3
> simultaneous voices were produced spanning 3 octaves and 3 rhythmic
> tiers. Each voice was controlled by two hamsters: one that was
> responsible for adjusting the rhythmic qualities of the melody and
> another that modified the note sequence. With all of these elements
> in combination, an output was produced with very musical
> qualities.All of this was implemented using an Atmel Mega32
> microcontroller, distance sensors, a HamsterMIDI Controller, and 6
> hamsters. Embedded C programming implemented the algorithms and
> computations within the sequencer.Overall, this project was
> successful. The control between the hamsters and the musical
> intelligence turned out very well. The music sounds as good as I
> imagined, and I am very satisfied with the outcome of my design
> experience.
>
> http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/eceprojectsland/STUDENTPROJ/2
> 002to2003/lil2/
>
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