The Junk Orchestra is an evolution of last semesters computer controlled receipt machine. The goal was to make an instrument with enough sounds make compelling compositions. It was accepted into the SONAR Festival in Barcelona. The next steps are to make a MAX/MSP patch to tune the interaction and then compose music for it.
I'm really fascinated by the iPad Pro. Its not quite a computer, but the apple pencil makes it more then a multitouch screen. I'm trying to get a handle on what its good at and what its not so good at. I have been trying to incorporate the iPad Pro into my designs, music and video.
With El Capitan and the newest IOS I can send audio directly through the lightning cable into my audio software. Ableton Live (the audio software I generally use) also has a new wireless MIDI sync called Ableton link. The combination of these technologies makes for the absolute best desert island music setup. I can toss everything in my bag and have a really fun environment to interact with and make music with. These are two tracks I made entirely using iPad synths and drum machines running into Ableton Live.
I started exploring the Adobe Mobile apps. One of the most interesting things I found was Adobe Comp. It's just for doing layouts. The problems I have had with InDesign are doing intuitive layouts is tedious and it looks really dry. You can export a layout from Adobe Comp as a large .jpg, process it using one of the many IOS apps, re import to Adobe Comp as a background layer, then send it to InDesign. By combining IOS photo processing apps and Adobe Comp, I can quickly create more organic and interesting looking layouts while still being able to work in InDesign.
I started using a different technique for moving around cameras in After Effects. Basically I'm creating invisible markers and then slide a camera in between them instead of adding a bunch of keyframes and trying to figure out focus distances etc. Its much quicker then what I have been used to.
The advantage of this camera technique is that you can move the invisible markers around, so its great for flying outer space stuff. Below is the intro for a concert my group performed in demonstrating this technique.
This semester I worked on four LED Tenticles and two LED Balls that are battery powered and run on a wireless network. I can control them from the same audio software i'm using to compose with. Below is video from a rehearsal demonstrating the functionality.
I have been developing a technique to weave and hold LEDs in place. I want to make costumes that don't feel like the LEDs are simply attached to fabric but rather a part of the fabric itself. Its a new idea in the beginning stages of evolution. I would love to talk about it more.