New looks and methods….

Right, been a while since my last update, but Disparate Spaces is still going strong! I’ve done some major redesign, so it now no longer needs the sensors: I found a way of parsing data from Yahoo Weather into the patch, and I’m now using the computers built in camera to get a light intensity reading – it all works really well!
On another note, I’ve now had a listen to what it sounds like in an octophonic diffusion…..a really nice immersive experience. I had some fantastic positive feefback from some of my studemts.



Weather with you…..

This is hugely muppety, but I’m really pleased with myself having worked out how to pull data from an RSS feed into Max/MSP. The example I’m using here is a weather feed, which means that Disparate Spaces is one step closer to total portability.

Try it? Download it here…..

Dad, how does it work?

OK, I’m going to start a series of new blog entries dealing with the nitty gritty of how the installation actually works.

Disparate Spaces is written in Max/MSP, a graphical programming language for sound and video – it could just as well have been done in PureData, its sister application.
At the heart of it lies this little Max/MSP patch, which I initially set up to be able to quickly pull in soundfiles from anywhere on my computer: you simply drag and drop the sound on the name zone, and it’s ready to play. The “play” and “loop” buttons are self-explanatory. the [receive control] object allows you to send volume control data from anywhere else in Max/MSP, providing you send it with [send control] (of course you can change “control” to anything you like).

Want to play with this? Download it here!

And now for something completely different…..

I was invited to do a bit of work for the Real Jazz Summer School, held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (aka my workplace). Basically a week-long conference where amateur (in the best sense of the word) musicians descend to work with the best jazz tutors around….a lot of playing and a lot of partying.

For reasons many and varied I couldn’t use the proper recording studio, so I set up an ad-hoc facility in one of the rehearsal rooms. Not a great acoustic,but it is amazing what you can achieve with basic kit and some really good microphones!

Frank Dunbar and Friends

Anyway, here we we have Frank Dunbar (guitar) and friends jamming at the end of a session…..just four nice gents having a good time.