A collaboration with neuroscientist Sim Bamford. Uses a spiking neuron model tuned into semi-chaotic aperiodic oscillation, like this:
loop gain control ----<---[*]----<---- __ | | / V ^--->---[filters]--- sig conditioners | | \__ and instruments --->--[neuron]------ ^ ^ ^ ^ | | | | parameters
to generate a score for the piece - "Verbotene Welt - Monsters from the ID"
This track was accepted as a piece for the Ensight2006 arts project, a part of the 2006 Edinburgh Science Festival.
A commisioned application directed by Heather Corcoran of Spacestudios London to produce a software application in Puredata for jamming with dance-mat input devices. The Pd application allows the loading of several sample sets and backing pieces which can then be performed live by moving your feet. This was a very challenging piece of software development as I had to regularly get out of my chair to test it. Mac version only maintained here. This project showed me that it is possible to construct a full blown application in Pd, but it also highlighted a number of pitfalls, not so much to do with Pd as a language but the present state of its development. The most annoying thing was finding things working on one platform but missing or broken on another. Many compromises were needed to get the application working on the target architecture. All that is missing now in Pd for serious development is is a "compile" button to turn a project into an executable image with embedded resources for a GUI toolkit of choice. grab it here .tar.bz2 file