Category: DIY

Create Digital Bio Interfaces – Peter Kirn im LEAP Berlin (Heute)

Wer sich heute in Berlin aufhalten sollte, möge sich doch bitte in Richtung LEAP bewegen: Continue reading

Crowdfunded festival for musicians & startups: TOA Berlin

TOA Berlin aims to be a plattform where those who have not yet taken the step towards self actualization can be inspired by those who have and those who just started can learn from those who are further ahead. On the first day, there will be a kick-ass open air location and the second day is open to satellite events all over town organized by the community.

23 – 24 August 2012 at Kater Holzig, Berlin

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ReFunct Media 4.0 / Leap Berlin

[vimeo 40442683 w=800 h=300]

“ReFunct Media” is a multimedia installation that (re)uses numerous “obsolete” electronic devices (digital and analogue media players and receivers). Those devices are hacked, misused and combined into a large and complex chain of elements. To use an ecological analogy they “interact” in different symbiotic relationships such as mutualism, parasitism and commensalism. Continue reading

Ankündigung: Circuit Bending Workshop – Teil 2

Der gestrige Circuit Bending-Workshop war ein voller Erfolg und hat eine Menge Spaß und Noise gemacht. Besonders gefreut hat mich, dass ich keinen Frontalunterricht geben brauchte, sondern alle Teilnehmer gleich selbst damit begannen, die Innereien ihrer Geräte zu erforschen – obwohl bis Dato keiner Erfahrungen mit Circuit Bending gemacht hat.

Und weil das Interesse so groß war – und einige der Teilnehmer ihre Projekte nicht ganz fertigstellen konnten – haben wir uns zu einer Fortsetzung des Workshops am 19. Dezember entschlossen. Continue reading

video per midi triggern: melodic playback patch für m4l

Der in Portland (US) lebende Multimediakünstler Marc Fisher hat diesen Patch bereits letztes Jahr veröffentlicht. Er ermöglicht das Abspielen von Quicktime-Videos anhand von Midi-Signalen – innerhalb von Ableton Live, natürlich! Einzelne Abschnitte des Timecodes werden, so meine Vermutung, den Noten zugeordnet: Je nachdem, welches Midisignal ausgegeben wird, springt das Video zur entsprechenden Stelle.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/8009298]

(Yeah, endlich kann man auch Vimeo-Clips bei wordpress.com einfügen!)

Das ist etwas, wonach ich schon seit einiger Zeit gesucht habe. Und da ich gerade erst Ableton Live 8.1 + Max4Live installiert habe, wird das Ding sicherlich in meinen nächsten Gigs mit dabei sein. Eine weitere interessante Funktion wäre noch die Veränderung der Farben oder anderer Eigenschaften des Bildmaterials durch Control Change-Befehle oder Live-interne Parameter. Aber meine Max-Fähigkeiten lassen noch sehr zu Wünschen übrig.

Seite des Plugins auf maxforlive.com.

Bliptronome V2: tests, kits, and code released

Hacker Wil Lindsay hat es nun zustandegebracht, den für $50 erhältlichen bliptronic zu einem monome zu modden. Somit ist das Ding jetzt voll kompatibel zu allen patches, die durch die Communiy entwickelt wurden.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVKQGLzbBmw&feature=player_embedded]

Der Quellcode dafür  ist auf seiner Hompepage zu finden und das Modding-Kit inklusive USB-Interface kommt für $68 direkt zu Ihnen nach Hause. Das bedeutet: Mit ein bisschen Fingergeschick erhält man ein mehr als reisetauglichen, 64-knöpfigen und  4-potigen monome für ca. 88 Euro.

Ich geh jetzt erstmal zur Elektrobucht und schieß’ mir eins von diesen bliptronics.

/* straytechnologies.com */ – Bliptronome V2 : tests, kits, and code released.

Vorher auf holtadipolta: Tenori-On Klon für 30 Euro ???

tutorial: live looping with ableton live and boss fc-50

Since I realize there’s a bunch of not-german-speaking people out there willing to learn something about using the Boss FC-50 with Ableton Live as a loop station, I decided to translate my ariticle into awful english. tomauger.com already did half of the work – thanks for this! But still there is a little difference in how we wanted things to work.

My aim was to use only one single footswitch for one single loop-track.

Most approaches (also tomauger’s) required to use at least two footswitches for one track: The first for recording, the second for playing back the loop. Maybe also a third one to delete the scene. (If you want to loop a midi track you have to use even a fourth one in order to aim the track for playing). One could also try to use two other footswitches in order to select next/last scene/track. But all that means:  You have to use a lot of footswitches everytime you want to loop a single track.  It gets complicated, and thats not only uncomfortable but also dangerous in a live situation!

With the 6 pedals of my Boss I’m now able to control 10 (!) tracks.

It will work this way:

  • Footswitch 1 (FS 1/6) first hit: Start recording Track 1
  • (FS 1/6) second hit: Stop recording on Track 1 and play recorded sound in loop
  • (FS 1/6) third hit: Delete the loop and start recording Track 1 again
  • (FS 1/6) fourth hit: Stop recording, play loop…
  • and so on…

Remember: Switch 6 on the FC-50 is not working as a real trigger but kind of as an CAPS-Lock – but only kind of. Tomager wrote about that:

The one stupid thing that it does though (for my purposes) is that this 6th switch will send whatever PC Message would be triggered by whichever of the 1-5 (or 6-10) switch was last pressed. Let me state this more clearly using an example:

  • If you press Footswitch 1 (FS 1/6) by default the FC-50 sends PC #1
  • If you then press FS 2/7 by default it sends PC #2. So far so good.
  • If you then press the Bank Switcher (A/B) to switch to the higher bank (6-10), it will send PC #7, because FS 2/7 was last pressed and now that we’re in Bank B, FS2/7 sends PC #7.
  • If you then press FS 1/6, it sends PC #6, as one would expect.

This is a pain in the arse.

Yes, it definitely is. But with my approach this doesn’t lead to show-stop because using the Bank Switcher will cause nothing more than aiming a specific track in Ableton: For example, if you press FS1/6, Track 1 will be aimed. If you then press the Bank Switcher, Track 6 will be aimed. And so on.

Here’s a little tutorial how to use my script:

Preconditions

  1. A Boss FC-50 (of course, this will also work with other pedals sending progam-change commands)
  2. Download Bome’s Midi Translator (the free “classic” version works fine enough)
  3. Ableton Live (It works with all versions)

How to do it

Download my srcipt and open it in Bome’s Midi-Translator. Then map the keyboard commands in Ableton as follows:

Important: Use capital letters! You can also use my Ableton file.

You don’t have to make more midi configuration in Ableton, but in Bome’s Midi Translator (if you didn’t do that before). In the menu, select the midi-in you hooked up your FC-50. Midi-Out is of none importance since we want to send keyboard commands to ableton.

Now things should work:  Switch to Ableton and trigger footswitch 1. Track 1 will be aimed for recording. If you trigger the same Footswitch again, it will start recording on track 1. Trigger one more time and recording will stop and play the recorded sound in loop.

In case it doesn’t work, try out this:

  • Your Boss might be connected badly. In Bome’s Midi-Translator a light is blinking down to the left if the program is recieving Midi data.
  • You pedal doesn’t support program-change commands or it’s sending other ones than the fc-50 does. Then you have to start editing my Midi-Translator script.
  • You didn’t use CAPITAL LETTERS in Ableton.
  • …or caps is activated on your keyboard.

So what’s the big deal about this script? How does it work?

The problem with Bome’s Midi-Translator is, that only one specific keyboard action (or string) can be assigned to one specific midi signal. The program doesn’t understand that a footswitch was already triggered before (e.g. for aiming a track) and that we now want him to execute another command if the switch will be triggered again (e.g. for recording the loop).

The solution can be found in Midi-Translator itself. With the software you’re not only able to execute keyboard commands, but also preset changes.

With this feature it is possible to assign to a footswitch BOTH a keyboard-command AND a Bome’s-internal preset switch (or change) . In this now activated preset, the footswitch is assigned to other commands than in the preset which was active before. The commands of the other footswitches will remain the same in this preset.  This you have to do for ALL the footswitches on EVERY step (aim, rec, play, del).

The script will get really confusing with increasing tracknumber, number of switches and numner of steps. So everyone who wants to f*** up his brain, feel free to take a look into the script and edit it ad libitum!

I look forward to see something of your approaches!