Flow Chart [Week 5-10]

Weekly Updates

Here is where you will find each weeks updates including:

  • Research and inspirations: I like to call this my Flow Chart, it will include AV stuffs from other artists and awesome people doing inspiring things!

Week 5

The Grandmaster Flash, showing off, and labeling some of his innovative moves. This is an example of someone taking the concept of instrument, and brining it to the next level.

A popularization has landed the Grandmaster on more television in 98. This is an example of how the Grandmaster, or an original concept can be taken by someone else and used in their own ways.

The origins of hip hop, and example of a community building passion.

The origins again, with the orignal DJ’s and emcees.

Another post 80’s origin tape.

The commercialization and beginning of a water downed hip hop. The 80’s.

Here is an awesome synth instrument form the 80’s. My youtube searches and suggestions are starting to hone in on this project. It is a midi controller, with assignable parameters. This is a extremely well thought out instrument, with many extra buttons and functionality here and there. They really thought about and put care into devising this instrument.

An example of the expressive nature of wind instruments:

Some research on 3D printed instruments. There is a small community of people making wood wind 3D instruments. Also some string instruments. This field is extremely interesting to me. Also some sensors for breathing.











This video is a great explanation of the transformation of controller to instrument. This artist brings up the prep work, and the at-home work that is done before a performance.

Thinking of that step, that the controller must be programmed and ready-to-go for the performance is very interesting. Where as an instrument you do practice, the practice of a midi controller becomes mapping it and figuring out interesting ways to play it during the performance.

This is an expressive controller, and a great player.

This video is a product by the same company, and is a demo of a wireless one. It’s a but confusing, but i’m planning to do more research on these devices.

Another crazy device?!  WTF!? A Calculator?!?

Some great talent with a midi device.

Midi as community and as symphonic instruments:

Week 6

Some Research into Midi, and how exactly midi could be used for Arduino.

This video gets going on how to get the midi connection not into your computer, but into another midi device. Which I’m a little bit confused of the difference in protocol.

This is an in-depth explanation of how the circuit is made. This is a new field to me, and while I don’t quite understand it its great to get into the nature of the field.

Here is a ‘top 5’ midi maker guide for DIY pioneers. I have heard about the Livid, but was introduced into some other micro controllers.


Here is a great explanation which helped me understand the Arduino midi protocol much better. Kind of.

Here is a hook up using a teensy.


Some Midi Connection Reading.


Simple Search of Midi Controller


Midi Shield:


Arduino Midi controller: Potentiometers.


How to Make a MIDI Controller with an Arduino. More articles and reading on the subject.


An Ableton Forum.


A completed MIDI controller, very similar to my project, using an MEGA***


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This uses a max an ethernet protocol for a MIDI connection with Ableton.


Hairless system seems very interesting.


In this video someone hooks up the Arduino to Live in windows using the Hairless System.

On Mac

While I may not use the MIDI protocol for this project, it is interesting to do the research, and understand the product better.

Week 7

Similar endeavor of making digital music controllers, except working with the individual peoples whom may not be able to play the regular 12 instruments if an orchestra. The company is based off that idea. amazing work. Arduino.Bare. Open source.


so cool.  The Musical instruments were inspired by kids with disabilities. great video in article of demo. “Instruments anyone can play.”


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“Having disabled musicians at the forefront of emerging music technology means that accessibility will be built in as standard and will not get ‘designed out’ as a product moves from prototype to finished article.”


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This blog was on a study done testing with patients and the whole 9 yards.

“This project was about finding a new business opportunity for the company STEIM (Foundation Electronic Instrumental Music) located in Amsterdam.”

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Week 8

Not much here this week, but I as very inspired by the little device bellow. I had to focus on re-designing my piece after trying to solder it up.

I also went back into my research to see how others have handled the wiring. While there are many techniques I really like the idea of simple headers and bread boards, as the project seems to seek wanting to be a proto-Arduino project, and introduction into casing.



Week 9

Not too much time too dig this week as I was focusing on the design and building something physical. I’ve made great progress in the design.

Also, as this point in the research, keeping up-, and staying up to date with the current happening in the digital music controller and micro controller field is necessary. I’m sure their is more history to discover, but I have un earthed a great deal of why and how we are where we are today with musical instruments.

While I don’t think I will get a polished piece and Instructables ready, again, keeping up to date with them and the happenings will prepare me for creating of my final Instrucables.- Also, I was wondering how to do exactly this last week, build a micro controller, but not the casing (in my case) but the wiring, the hardware and digital component that connects to the computer.

Weekly Top Pick was DIY Micro Controller building. (not the casing, the motherboardy part.)



Week 10

This week all my time was spent printing pieces, trying to have something to present for the 10 weeks of exploration.

Cultural Event Write Ups:

Lecture from Laleh Mehran: Symbolic Interpretations: Intersections of Science, Politics & Religion. Thursday February 2, 2017, 4:30-5:30.

In this lecture Laleh presented some of her early works. Including a very complex butterfly lab related piece in her graduate program. This piece in particular dealt with the ‘symbolic interpretations,’ and ways of combining many social terms and ideologies into a intersecting project and discussion. Laleh went through  many other projects of hers as well, all dealing with these some sorts of concepts, science, politics and religion; using mediums such as sand, installations and other ways of presenting her ideas.

I enjoyed the lecture, I was not expecting to hear about Laleh’s earlier works. It was great to see and hear Laleh’s background in a lecture setting, rather than a classroom one. Her background as a person and backgrounds, skills and practices as an artist were presented, and I enjoyed hearing about these, and gained a better understanding of her medium and methods.

Opening Reception of Presence. Friday, February 3, 6-8pm.

(Photo of Laleh’s piece is from Westword,  I was  to in fixed by the piece to take a picture!), however I did manage to get some pics when walking around first Friday.

This reception offered insight into reflections of tensions when dealing with the presence and absence of people in  heir land or abroad. Presence:Reflections on the Middle East exhibition opened on a first Friday  and had many attendants. Their were over 10 artists featured with photography.

I really enjoyed seeing a smaller version of Laleh’s piece. After understanding her background and methods more, I understand the work more. The materials, the sand, digital aspects and concept seem clearer knowing her earlier projects. Which I guess is usually the case. Many people would ask and try to understand Laleh’s piece, and that was awesome to hear and see. The photography through out the gallery was great, in particular I liked these large photoshopped worked featuring large colorized faces which were blurred. I could recognize the contemporary style and have seen it in my contemporary Chinese art class by the artist Zhang Xioagong.


The opening reception in general for Presence was a great experience, and after hearing Laleh’s lecture the night before I was able to understand and comprehend Laleh’s work in a new way. I have seen it in a larger scale, so it was great to see its transition into a smaller setting. And again understanding Laleh’s background in materials and methodologies made this piece all the more enriching. I enjoy people asking and wondering what the concept is, ‘What is it about,’ how is it built. While many of these questions remain unanswered for many visitors, I think that’s at least where the conversation starts, and certainly doesn’t end, when leaving the room where symbols are being drawn in sand by a robot.  The photography was all beautiful.

Noise / Glitch Performance by Eric Drasin and Dan Wilcox. Friday, February 24, 7-8pm.

Two performances were held in the hyper cube, featuring a audio visual glitch art style. The first performance was by Eric Drasin, who used a webcam attached to his head and a WII remote to make music and visual effects. His concept was a feed back loop, and how they play a role in media, screen watching, and what that means. He opens that conversation. He comes from a traditional music background, and studied Media Studies. Dan presented a space cowboy piece, which included a costum controller and PS3 controller. Dan is exploring similar ideas as me in this piece, as he said ‘I wanted to make it an instrument, rather than a controller.’ His piece was very performative, and included improv and a somewhat actors sense of stage and presence.

I really enjoyed these works. I had never really seen glitch art played live. The idea of a webcam on your head and looking at the screen your making visuals on to make the visuals went with Eric’s concept so well, it was great to see how artist can connect what they are interested about into their works. I had never seen Dan preform, and that was also great to see. He really example the idea of musician, performance space and what an instrument and controller is.  I liked how both pieces cued and worked with live creations of both audio and visual, and that the audio and visual are so closely related and linked, not only together, but to their concepts as well.

First Friday March 3rd, went to 40 West in NW Denver because someone mentioned their was more digital type art.  However discovered that wasn’t completely true, it was mostly (100’s of works) traditional art, and 2 pieces included lights.It’s a warehouse/galleries located in the same area.

First Friday but in different art district of town. Some lights in two pieces, but nothing really digital. Pretty weird experience, as it was hard to distinct what you were looking at, and if their was any real sense of consistency I did not catch it.

VR with Cabibbo’s artwork.  Thursday, March 7th.

During the day two VR stations were set up to present Cabibbo’s artwork. One station presented some game like environments where you explored a out of this world space and put them together at your will; with sequential levels that flowed together seamlessly they offered a unique experience from a traditional video game. the other station offered some personal works by the artist, one, in which you explored the artist room and tore it apart into rainbows. Sculpting experiences and also playing with ribbons.

This was fun, and really made me want to explore VR in Unity. Especially this idea I have been brewing with working with the Clyfford Still museum to present a color field AB EX show involving digital aspects. Basically talking to Cabibbo and seeing if he would be interested in making or  making the same sorts of simulations (myself) just with the AB EX art works and concepts.


Until Next Quarter.

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