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head(banger)phones – FINAL

I’m getting ready to present the head(banger)phones for the ITP Winter Show.  A little bit of solder helped to get rid of the short circuit problem I was having periodically with the accelerometer.  I also replaced the orchestral audio samples I originally used to demo the head(banger)phones with some synth samples I recorded from my Sidstation.

The head(banger)phones are a personal music device made up of a pair of headphones and a sensor.  When the user wears the head(banger)phones, the motion and position of her head triggers different sounds, creating a dynamic interactive musical experience.

Source code after the jump:

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New track: NO2H8

Protest Against Prop 8

Listen to my latest musical composition, NO2H8, based on audio I recorded of speeches at the Protest Against Prop 8 this Sunday and some organ and synth tracks of “deconstructed” Mendelsohn’s Wedding March.

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ICM Final: Musical Typewriter Screenshot

I got the audio visualization to work.  The waves represent the audio waveforms of the percussion alphabet.  The letters fade out gradually after you type them to in order to help pace the user and to represent the “life cycle” of each note through time.  Here is a screenshot:

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Election Night Audio

After president-elect Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech on election night, I headed over to Union Square to take part in the celebrations.  Here is some audio of the festivities.

My photos from the evening on Flickr.

Election Night - Union Square

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My final project proposal for Physical Computing at ITP:

head(banger)phones – a personal musical device

A set of headphones rigged with an accelerometer that detects the motion of the user’s head and converts that motion data into MIDI data via an Arduino microprocessor.  The MIDI then triggers percussion sounds in a software synth on the computer, which feeds the audio signal back to the user wearing the headphones.

Here is a video of my proposal to my class.

head(banger)phones from lee-sean on Vimeo.