Some inspiration from this week (or so)

Love this (free download) series of one minute soundsculptures / loops:
https://machinefabriek.bandcamp.com/album/minuten
Thinking about them left playing all together in a darkened room somewhere.

Also exploring music that is an evocation of place, real or fictional. This is an interesting example. “…a psychogeographic investigation into a world of abandoned Underground stations, Quatermass, eighteenth century secret societies and the footsore reveries of a modern Flâneur.”:

And this beautiful, tactile (if slightly creepy) synth design:
http://www.electronicbeats.net/the-feed/beautiful-occult-synthesizer-lets-conjure-dark-droning-soundscapes/

Interesting Quartz piece about algorithmic accountability. Ties in with the Creative AI talk I attended in January, where there was some discussion about AI being left to run things without checks and balances (tested in versions of the game Civilisation) invariably leading to world destruction:
https://qz.com/1211313/artificial-intelligences-paper-clip-maximizer-metaphor-can-explain-humanitys-imminent-doom/

REALLY tempted to get tickets for this, even though it’s in another country. “A workshop on the radical potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in combination with robotics to change human bodily experience.”:
https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-workshop-human-machine-configurations-by-marco-donnarumma-and-ana-rajcevic-43197660365

Also an honourable mention to Damon Krukowski, whose talk at Second Home Spitalfields about his new book The New Analog I attended last week. Damon discussed the ways in which the switch from analogue to digital audio has influenced the way we perceive and think about everything from time and space to love, money and power. His use of the sound engineer’s distinction of signal and noise and the difference in a digital world (basically, there is much more signal and less noise in the digital realm) was particularly thought-provoking.

Arduino adventures: triggering MP3 files with distance sensor

Finally got the circuit built to be able to read the distance sensor and the MP3 board, so now I can trigger a selected MP3 to play when something passes the sensor. What I built previously was overly-complicated and was most likely shorting out.

The videos show the sensor working from 1ocm distance, but this is easy to vary. They also show the sound looping if the object sensed stays in range, and also two separate pieces of audio being triggered. This was changed in the code before being uploaded. The code used is below.

Next to make it play a random one of the MP3 files each time the sensor is triggered!

//code rearranged by Javier Muñoz 10/11/2016 ask me at javimusama@hotmail.com
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#define ARDUINO_RX 5//should connect to TX of the Serial MP3 Player module
#define ARDUINO_TX 6//connect to RX of the module

#define trigPin 13//for the distance module
#define echoPin 12


SoftwareSerial mySerial(ARDUINO_RX, ARDUINO_TX);//init the serial protocol, tell to myserial wich pins are TX and RX

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//all the commands needed in the datasheet(http://geekmatic.in.ua/pdf/Catalex_MP3_board.pdf)
static int8_t Send_buf[8] = {0} ;//The MP3 player undestands orders in a 8 int string
                                 //0X7E FF 06 command 00 00 00 EF;(if command =01 next song order) 
#define NEXT_SONG 0X01 
#define PREV_SONG 0X02 

#define CMD_PLAY_W_INDEX 0X03 //DATA IS REQUIRED (number of song)

#define VOLUME_UP_ONE 0X04
#define VOLUME_DOWN_ONE 0X05
#define CMD_SET_VOLUME 0X06//DATA IS REQUIRED (number of volume from 0 up to 30(0x1E))
#define SET_DAC 0X17
#define CMD_PLAY_WITHVOLUME 0X22 //data is needed  0x7E 06 22 00 xx yy EF;(xx volume)(yy number of song)

#define CMD_SEL_DEV 0X09 //SELECT STORAGE DEVICE, DATA IS REQUIRED
                #define DEV_TF 0X02 //HELLO,IM THE DATA REQUIRED
                
#define SLEEP_MODE_START 0X0A
#define SLEEP_MODE_WAKEUP 0X0B

#define CMD_RESET 0X0C//CHIP RESET
#define CMD_PLAY 0X0D //RESUME PLAYBACK
#define CMD_PAUSE 0X0E //PLAYBACK IS PAUSED

#define CMD_PLAY_WITHFOLDER 0X0F//DATA IS NEEDED, 0x7E 06 0F 00 01 02 EF;(play the song with the directory \01\002xxxxxx.mp3

#define STOP_PLAY 0X16

#define PLAY_FOLDER 0X17// data is needed 0x7E 06 17 00 01 XX EF;(play the 01 folder)(value xx we dont care)

#define SET_CYCLEPLAY 0X19//data is needed 00 start; 01 close

#define SET_DAC 0X17//data is needed 00 start DAC OUTPUT;01 DAC no output
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);//Start our Serial coms for serial monitor in our pc
mySerial.begin(9600);//Start our Serial coms for THE MP3
delay(500);//Wait chip initialization is complete
   sendCommand(CMD_SEL_DEV, DEV_TF);//select the TF card  
delay(200);//wait for 200ms
pinMode(trigPin, OUTPUT);
pinMode(echoPin, INPUT);

}

void loop()
{
  if(measureDistance(trigPin,echoPin)<50){
sendCommand(CMD_PLAY_WITHFOLDER, 0X0203);//play the third song of the second folder
delay(1000);//wait to avoid errors
}
delay(300);
}

void sendCommand(int8_t command, int16_t dat)
{
 delay(20);
 Send_buf[0] = 0x7e; //starting byte
 Send_buf[1] = 0xff; //version
 Send_buf[2] = 0x06; //the number of bytes of the command without starting byte and ending byte
 Send_buf[3] = command; //
 Send_buf[4] = 0x00;//0x00 = no feedback, 0x01 = feedback
 Send_buf[5] = (int8_t)(dat >> 8);//datah
 Send_buf[6] = (int8_t)(dat); //datal
 Send_buf[7] = 0xef; //ending byte
 for(uint8_t i=0; i<8; i++)//
 {
   mySerial.write(Send_buf[i]) ;//send bit to serial mp3
   Serial.print(Send_buf[i],HEX);//send bit to serial monitor in pc
 }
 Serial.println();
}

long measureDistance(int trigger,int echo){
   long duration, distance;
  
  digitalWrite(trigger, LOW);  //PULSE ___|---|___
  delayMicroseconds(2); 
  digitalWrite(trigger, HIGH);
  delayMicroseconds(10); 
  digitalWrite(trigger, LOW);
  
  duration = pulseIn(echo, HIGH);
  distance = (duration/2) / 29.1;
   Serial.println("distance:");
   Serial.println(distance);
  return distance;

}

MP3 played from Arduino

Finally at the stage where I can play a good quality sounding MP3 file through Arduino. It doesn’t sound so ‘good’ here as it is routed back through the laptop and Audacity via a crackly audio interface connection, but it is quite clear on headphones. And it’s now ready for me to start triggering these MP3 files via various sensors.

Here’s the code used:

//code rearranged by Javier Muñoz 10/11/2016 ask me at javimusama@hotmail.com
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#define ARDUINO_RX 5//should connect to TX of the Serial MP3 Player module
#define ARDUINO_TX 6//connect to RX of the module
SoftwareSerial mySerial(ARDUINO_RX, ARDUINO_TX);//init the serial protocol, tell to myserial wich pins are TX and RX

////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
//all the commands needed in the datasheet(http://geekmatic.in.ua/pdf/Catalex_MP3_board.pdf)
static int8_t Send_buf[8] = {0} ;//The MP3 player undestands orders in a 8 int string
                                 //0X7E FF 06 command 00 00 00 EF;(if command =01 next song order) 
#define NEXT_SONG 0X01 
#define PREV_SONG 0X02 

#define CMD_PLAY_W_INDEX 0X03 //DATA IS REQUIRED (number of song)

#define VOLUME_UP_ONE 0X04
#define VOLUME_DOWN_ONE 0X05
#define CMD_SET_VOLUME 0X06//DATA IS REQUIRED (number of volume from 0 up to 30(0x1E))
#define SET_DAC 0X17
#define CMD_PLAY_WITHVOLUME 0X22 //data is needed  0x7E 06 22 00 xx yy EF;(xx volume)(yy number of song)

#define CMD_SEL_DEV 0X09 //SELECT STORAGE DEVICE, DATA IS REQUIRED
                #define DEV_TF 0X02 //HELLO,IM THE DATA REQUIRED
                
#define SLEEP_MODE_START 0X0A
#define SLEEP_MODE_WAKEUP 0X0B

#define CMD_RESET 0X0C//CHIP RESET
#define CMD_PLAY 0X0D //RESUME PLAYBACK
#define CMD_PAUSE 0X0E //PLAYBACK IS PAUSED

#define CMD_PLAY_WITHFOLDER 0X0F//DATA IS NEEDED, 0x7E 06 0F 00 01 02 EF;(play the song with the directory \01\002xxxxxx.mp3

#define STOP_PLAY 0X16

#define PLAY_FOLDER 0X17// data is needed 0x7E 06 17 00 01 XX EF;(play the 01 folder)(value xx we dont care)

#define SET_CYCLEPLAY 0X19//data is needed 00 start; 01 close

#define SET_DAC 0X17//data is needed 00 start DAC OUTPUT;01 DAC no output
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////


void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);//Start our Serial coms for serial monitor in our pc
mySerial.begin(9600);//Start our Serial coms for THE MP3
delay(500);//Wait chip initialization is complete
   sendCommand(CMD_SEL_DEV, DEV_TF);//select the TF card  
delay(200);//wait for 200ms

}
void loop()
{
sendCommand(CMD_PLAY_WITHVOLUME, 0X0F01);//play the first song with volume 15 class
delay(1000000);//the programm will send the play option each 100 seconds to the catalex chip
}

void sendCommand(int8_t command, int16_t dat)
{
 delay(20);
 Send_buf[0] = 0x7e; //starting byte
 Send_buf[1] = 0xff; //version
 Send_buf[2] = 0x06; //the number of bytes of the command without starting byte and ending byte
 Send_buf[3] = command; //
 Send_buf[4] = 0x00;//0x00 = no feedback, 0x01 = feedback
 Send_buf[5] = (int8_t)(dat >> 8);//datah
 Send_buf[6] = (int8_t)(dat); //datal
 Send_buf[7] = 0xef; //ending byte
 for(uint8_t i=0; i<8; i++)//
 {
   mySerial.write(Send_buf[i]) ;//send bit to serial mp3
   Serial.print(Send_buf[i],HEX);//send bit to serial monitor in pc
 }
 Serial.println();
}

Now to go through the documentation for the Catalex MP3 board.

Videomapping workshop – take 1

Some initial ideas for the futuristic city ‘set’ for What Goes Around Comes Around.

Testing two projectors.

The skyline (section)

Triggering and processing various video clips using MIDI controller & keyboard

 

And the source material (click to view animations)…

Use fewer notes

Today I have been re-examining the the design for the Space Rock audio player, based on the concept suggested by the Oblique Strategies app that I installed recently: Use fewer notes.

“Oblique strategies is a set of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt used to break deadlocks in creative situations. Each card contains a (sometimes cryptic) remark that can help you resolve a creative dilemma. Whenever you’re stuck you draw a card and ponder how it applies to your situation.”

 

Space Rock – the 3D printed version

A test print of the Space Rock (v1) to acquaint myself with 3D printing processes and techniques. This prototype is largely to test the potential for including the Arduino elements within this shape (and others later on). Once the electronics work and can be fitted, this will be filled and sanded for a smoother outer finish.