RE: Hamsters not music (was art?)

Subject: RE: Hamsters not music (was art?)
From: Mauricio Duarte-Neira (039166d) (
Date: Mon Feb 28 2005 - 11:28:48 EST

I saw this in discovery channel. Excellent :)


From: on behalf of macCormac
Sent: Sun 2/27/2005 10:04 AM
Subject: Re: Hamsters not music (was art?)

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

pest regards, dj serious babbling brook
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ / na / da / bc

Barry Rueger wrote:

> Or maybe not! Pictures and everything at 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.
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