While in England, I don’t get to train as regularly as I like, so it was nice to have this send of before leaving LA over the summer.
While visiting home for a month over the summer, was able to distract myself with some slacklining at the beach
Beautiful Winter day joining the Capoeira Collective, playing a little Capoeira Angola at the Griffith Park Helipad
Most of the year has been spent updating the IoT control system and testing audio streaming to ultimately merge the two into an IoT-based music application. By the end of the summer I was finally ready to work on the final application
(My Desk in the Office)
A couple useful tests were re-purposing the motorised potentiometers I had used early on to manipulate music. The first video was establishing a networked gain/volume controller for an audio source:
And the second was using the pot to crossfade two audio signals:
I finally settled on a reverb application that can use the natural acoustic properties of a physical space to create a reverb effect as opposed to digital algorithmic and convolution reverb plug ins. While there are benefits to all types of reverb, I thought using a physical space was a unique and creative way of making an “audio processor,” and the ability to access a space remotely could give greater value to a desired space. A preliminary test is below:
Which for the time being, consisted of a temporary set up in a file cabinet under my desk
This demo involves a round trip test of sending audio from a client computer to a host, from the host the audio is output into the room and then re-captured, and then that newly reverberant audio is delivered back to the client computer.
I had the opportunity to deliver my first research poster at the Innovation in Music 2017 Conference at the University of Westminster in London. It was a great experience and surprisingly positive.
The poster was accompanied by a brief sample of some work found at: http://mjhardin.esy.es/innovation_music.html
I had the opportunity to demo the Soundscape Interface at the CoDE StoryLab Symposium which centered around Creative Story Telling. It was great to share the research with other creatives in the audience and it received a positive reception.